Our football match prediction:
Cardiff City and Fulham, the two Championship teams, square off against each other at Cardiff City Stadium in the FA Cup round 3. The Bluebirds made a slow start to the season, but they have been producing promising displays of late and thanks to a hard-fought win over Aston Villa the team moved away from the relegation zone. Cardiff City have big ambitions for the 2016/2017 FA Cup campaign as well, but Sunday’s football match against Fulham will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Cottagers, on the other hand, are eyeing a place in the Championship play-offs and we predict that coach Slavisa Jokanovic is going to use the FA Cup game to rest some of his first-team regulars for upcoming challenges. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Bluebirds, who are tough to beat on home soil.
Highlighted Player (Sol Bamba):
Souleymane “Sol” Bamba is an Ivory Coast international who plays for Leeds United in the Championship. The defender spent five years in PSG youth school (1999-2004) and he made no more than one league appearance for the first team. In July 2006 he signed for Scottish team Dunfermline and after spending two years at East End Park, he moved to fellow Scottish Premier League club Hibernian in 2008. Sol Bamba played as a centre back for the Hibs and he was producing brilliant performances with the Easter Road outfit. The Ivory Coast defender used to play for the likes of Leicester City, Trabzonspor and Palermo in the past as well and on 24 June, 2015 he signed a permanent deal with Leeds United. Bamba made his Ivory Coast debut in 2008 in a friendly game against Israel. Over the years he has established himself as Ivory Coast first-team regular, but he was surprisingly omitted from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast squad. Bamba is a 190-cm-tall centre back and he is well known for his aerial skills and brilliant tackles.
Highlighted Team (Fulham):
Fulham are a club from London that play in the Championship. The capital club dropped to the English second tier at the end of the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign after failing to impress in the elite competition. Fulham were founded in 1879 and they play their home matches at Craven Cottage. Fulham are the oldest-established club from the English capital to have played in the top flight. Fulham finished the 2008/2009 Premier League campaign in seventh place in the standings and that is considered the team’s biggest success, speaking of their participation in the Premier League. The Cottagers played in the Europa League twice and they did well to reach the FA Cup final in 1975, but they were beaten by their local rivals West Ham United in the title game (0-2). Chelsea are regarded as Fulham’s bitter rivals as well and the two teams take on each other in the North London derby.