Our football match prediction:
Birmingham City kicked off the 2016/2017 Championship campaign in style, but all of a sudden the Blues suffered a dip in form. Gianfranco Zola’s men have been slipping down the standings week by week and they sit in the danger zone ahead of the visit of Derby County. Saturday’s football match against the Rams is of big importance for the relegation-threatened team and we predict that the hosts will leave their hearts on the field. Derby have been in a fine form of late and they will be looking to build on back-to-back victories over the likes of QPR and Fulham when they take on Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s Stadium. The Rams, though, are not regarded as good travelers and we are not tempted put our money on the visitors, who are on a five-game winless run on the road. Taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Diego Fabbrini):
Diego Fabbrini made his Empoli debut in August, 2009. After spending two years at Stadio Carlo Castellani, the midfielder returned to Udinese for the 2011/2012 Serie A campaign and amassed a total of 21 league appearances for the Zebrette. On 19 July 2013, Fabbrini signed a permanent deal with Watford, but he was quickly sent on loan to Siena. After ending his loan spells with Millwall, Birmingham City and Middlesbrough, he joined Birmingham City on 27 January, 2016 for a fee of £1.5 million. The Italian midfielder made his Birmingham City debut three days later as he came on as a substitute in a goalless draw with Bristol City. Fabbrini made 14 appearances for the Blues in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, but he failed to find the net for the St Andrew’s outfit. Speaking of his international career, Diego made his debut for Italy U21 on 3 September 2010 in a match against Bosnia. He earned his first cap for the Italy national team on 15 August 2012, in a 2-1 defeat to England.
Highlighted Team (Derby County):
Derby County are one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946). Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one. The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.