Our prediction for this Championship match:
All eyes will be on Turf Moor when Burnley and Sunderland face each other in the Championship derby on Friday evening. The Clarets did well to beat Hull City 3-1 before the international break, with the team moving one step closer to securing automatic promotion, but boss Vincent Kompany must warn his men against complacency. Since Burnley suffered elimination in the FA Cup, they will be fully focused on the Championship in the season finale. All Josh Brownhill, Darko Churlinov, and Taylor Harwood-Bellis should miss out with injuries.
Meanwhile, the Black Cats failed to impress in a 1-1 draw with Luton on Matchday 38, with the team remaining in the middle of the table. Sunderland are desperate to keep their playoffs hopes alive, but given Burnley’s brilliant home record (14-5-0), we are tempted to put our money on Vincent Kompany’s troops. The likes of Aji Alese, Dennis Cirkin, Corry Evans, Ross Stewart, and Elliot Embleton are injured for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Bailey Peacock-Farrell):
Despite being born in Darlington, England on October 29, 1996, Bailey Peacock-Farrell represents Northern Ireland at senior level. The Northern Ireland international started his youth career at Middlesbrough, but in 2013 he joined Leeds United. The talented goalkeeper continued playing for Leeds United senior team and, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of him.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell made his first-team debut for the Whites on April 5, 2016 in a home game against Queens Park Rangers. The two played out a 1-1 draw at Elland Road and it has to be noted that the goalkeeper conceded a penalty kick in the 87th minute of the match. The 192-cm tall shot-stopper has a contract with Leeds United which should expire on June, 2020.
As previously mentioned, the Leeds United goalkeeper represents Northern Ireland on the international stage, qualifying for the national team thanks to his grandfather Jim Farreell, who was born in Enniskillen.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.