Our football match prediction:
Cardiff City shared the spoils with Brentford on Boxing Day, whilst their game against Brighton was postponed due to fog. The Bluebirds aim to start a new winning run in the Championship, but Monday’s football game against Aston Villa will be anything but a walk in the park for the Welsh outfit. Cardiff City failed to keep a clean sheet in previous four league fixtures and they are unlikely to prevent Aston Villa attackers from scoring on Matchday 25. The Villans, on the other hand, have been in a fine form of late and they aim to move a little closer to the play-offs berth. Steve Bruce’s men defeated Queens Park Rangers in their last away game in the league (1-0), but they are not regarded as good travellers and we predict that they will play out a draw with Neil Warnock’s team at Cardiff City Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Lex Immers):
Lex Immers is a Dutch footballer who was born in Hague, on 8 June, 1996. During his youth career he played for the likes of LENS, DSO, Vredenburch and ADO Den Haag. The midfielder, who is capable of playing up front as well, made his senior debut on 24 August, 2007. After spending five years at Den Haag, he moved to Feyenoord on 5 June, 2012 for a fee of €1m. In 2016 he was sent on loan to Cardiff City and it has to be noted that he scored 5 goals in 15 appearances in the Championship for the Welsh outfit. As a result, Cardiff City chiefs decided to sign a permanent deal with the Dutch footballer and his contract with the Bluebirds expires in 2018. On 2 March, 2011 Lens Immers offended Ajax supporters and that incident certainly marked his career. The attacker was fined by Den Haag chiefs for his behaviour back then. Anyhow, Immers has clearly enjoyed playing for Den Haag as witnessed by a tattoo of a stork, which is the symbol of the town.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa are one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946. Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well. The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.