Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Birmingham City, Derby County host Wigan Athletic at their iPro Stadium on the last day of the year. The Rams made a slow start to the season, but it seems as if they have found their best form. Derby County recorded eight wins in previous nine league fixtures and, as a result, they climbed to seventh place in the Championship standings. A win over Wigan Athletic would see them regain their spot in top six and we predict that the hosts will go all guns blazing at the relegation strugglers. The Latics are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Derby as they are on a five-game losing run in the league and they are unlikely to claim a major scalp on Matchday 24. Wigan Athletic conceded seven goals in last three league games and, taking everything into account, the hosts are likely to pick up all three points from Saturday’s football match.
Highlighted Player (Craig Forsyth):
Craig Forsyth is a left back who is capable of playing as a midfielder as well. The Derby County footballer was born on 24 February, 1989 and he started his youth career at Carlogie Boys Club. Forsyth spent five years in Dundee (2006-2011), but it has to be noted that he played for Montrose and Arbroath (on loan) during his spell at Dens Park. The Scottish footballer joined Watford in June, 2011 for an undisclosed fee and he did well to score on his debut against Burnley in the opening match of the 2011/2012 Championship campaign. He played 20 games for the Hornets in the 2011/2012 season, but on 19 October, 2012, he was sent on loan to Bradford City. After ending his loan spell with Bradford, Forsyth signed a loan deal with Derby County on 4 March, 2013 and nine months later he penned a permanent teal with the Rams. The left back made 46 league appearances for Derby County in the 2013/2014 campaign, scoring two goals in the process.
Highlighted Team (Wigan Athletic):
Wigan Athletic are one of the winners of the English FA Cup. The Latics won the prestigious trophy in 2013, with the team upsetting Manchester City in the title game. This is considered the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that Wigan played in the UEFA Europa League in the 2013/2014 season. Wigan have been playing their home games at the DW Stadium since 1999 and they had played at Springfield Park in the past. Chorley are considered Wigan’s fierce rivals, but the two teams last met in 1971, when they competed in the Northern Premier League. The likes of Preston North End, Bury, Oldham Athletic, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are regarded as Wigan Athletic’s rivals as well. The club was founded in 1932 and they competed in the English Premier League from 2005 to 2013. The colour of Wigan’s home kit is blue and white (stripes).