Our football match prediction:
Cardiff City have already met their goal, the Bluebirds will play in the Championship next season, but, no doubt, they will give their best to return to the Premier League next term. The Welsh outfit have been impressive at the back of late and they will be looking to keep their third consecutive clean sheet in the Championship when they welcome Newcastle United at their Cardiff City Stadium. The Magpies secured automatic promotion to the Premier League and they will be looking to put icing on the cake on a successful season with a triumph over Cardiff City in Wales. Seeing that the two teams have little to play for in Friday’s football match, we predict that they will not rely on their defence this time out. Taking everything into account, there is every chance fans will see a high-scoring affair at Cardiff City Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Bruno Ecuele Manga):
Bruno Ecuele Manga is a defender who plays for Cardiff City and the Gabonese national football team. The player who was born on 16 July, 1988, began his senior career at FC 105 Libreville. In 2006 he signed a contract with Bordeaux B, making 40 appearances for the French outfit, but he did not play for the senior team. Manga played for the likes of Rodez, Angers and Lorient in France as well before joining Cardiff City on 1 September, 2014. The Gabonese defender signed a €5 million deal with the Championship side. On 1 November, 2014 Manga scored his first goal for the Bluebirds, finding the net in a 3-1 victory over Leeds United. Bruno Ecuele represented Gabon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but les Pantheres were eliminated in the group stages of the tournament. Speaking of his individual honours, Manga was named Cardiff City Player of the Year for the 2014/2015 season.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle United):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354. Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past. David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The colour of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.