Our football match prediction:
Birmingham City do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. The Blues are on a four-game winless run in the Championship and they suffered a 3-1 loss to Brentford in their first game of the new year. Birmingham have been dropping down the standings week by week, but they are still in the race for a place in the play-offs. Saturday’s football match against Nottingham Forest could be the turning point for the hosts and we predict that Gianfranco Zola’s men will go all guns blazing at the Reds on Matchday 26. Forest are having a season to forget and the team’s main goal is to secure yet another Championship survival. The Reds suffered a loss in each of their previous four league fixtures and given their poor away record, we are positive that the visitors will return home empty-handed.
Highligted 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 (Nottingham Forest):
Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0). Nottingham Forest won the national championship in the 1977/1978 season, with the team finishing the campaign seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool. To make things even better for the fans, the City Ground outfit clinched the FA Cup trophies in 1898 and 1959. Derby County are regarded as Forest’s bitterest rivals and the two local rivals contest in the East Midlands derby. In their first ever meeting in the local derby Forest recorded a 3-2 win over Derby County.