Our football match prediction:
Despite taking the lead in Monday’s derby against Brighton, Fulham eventually suffered a 2-1 loss to the league leaders in front of home fans. The Cottagers are six points behind the play-offs berth, meaning that Saturday’s football game against Barnsley is of big importance for the capital club. Fulham are after their fifth home win of the season, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Barnsley did well to beat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Monday, with Conor Hourihane scoring the winner for the Tykes in the dying minutes of the game. Paul Heckingbottom's team moved a little closer to the play-offs places and, no doubt, they will go for a win in Saturday’s game against Fulham. Given the attacking potential of the two teams, we predict that fans will see a high-scoring affair at Craven Cottage on day 26 of the new Championship campaign.
Highlighted Player (Chris Martin):
Chris Martin is a powerful striker who was eligible to play for either England or Scotland national team. His father was born in Glasgow, but Martin played four games for England U19 team. However, in May 2014 he was called in the senior Scotland squad and he made his debut in a 2-2 draw with Nigeria. Chris Martin netted his first goal for the Scotland national team in a 6-0 win over Gibraltar in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. The 185-cm-tall attacker plays for Derby County, but he began his senior career at Norwich City. He played 102 league games for the Canaries and he scored 25 goals for the club during his seven-year spell at Carrow Road. It has to be noted that he played for the likes of Luton Town, Crystal Palace, Swindon Town on loan before joining Derby County in 2013. Martin is well known for his brilliant aerial skills and he often scores headers. The Scottish footballer scored 14 goals for the Rams in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign.
Highlighted Team (Barnsley):
Barnsley are an English club nicknamed the Tykes. The club was founded in 1887 and it has to be noted that they spend more seasons in the Championship than any other club in the history. The Tykes played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890, but in 1895 they were part of the Midland League. Barnsley play their home games at Oakwell, the stadium that was built in 1887. The capacity of the stadium is 23,009 and it was opened back in 1888, just one year after the club’s foundation. The Tykes made it to the FA Cup final in 1910, but Newcastle United proved to be a big catch for the Oakwell outfit in the title game. Nonetheless, Barnsley won the FA Cup trophy in 1912 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the two-legged tie (0-0, 1-0) to clinch the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in their history.