Our football match prediction:
As expected, Fulham defeated rock-bottom Rotherham United at their Craven Cottage in midweek. The Cottagers have been impressive on home soil of late, but Derby County are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the capital club than their previous rivals. Slavisa Jokanovic’s men had 31 goal attempts in the 2-1 win over Rotherham and you should know that on-loan attacker Chris Martin failed to score from the penalty spot in the second half. The Rams, on the other hand, made a slow start to the season, but they seem to be on top of their game ahead of Saturday’s football game. Derby are on a seven-game winning run in the league, but beating Fulham at Craven Cottage is easier said than done. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the Championship derby and we predict that fans will see a close encounter in the English capital.
Highlighted Player (Tom Cairney):
Tom Cairney is a professional footballer who plays for Fulham. His main position is central midfielder, but he plays as an attacking midfielder and a right midfielder as well. The left-footed player was born in Nottingham, England on 20 January, 1991 and he started his youth career at Leeds United. In 2007 he moved to Hull City and he was named Hull’s Young Player of the Year for the 2008/2009 campaign. After making 70 league appearances for the Tigers he joined Blackburn Rovers on 1 August, 2013 on loan and on 2 January, 2014 he signed a permanent deal with the Riversiders. At the end of the 2014/2015 Championship campaign he joined Fulham. Tom Cairney’s father is Scottish and, as a result, the Fulham footballer decided to represent Scotland on the international stage. Cairney has 2 caps for Scotland U-21 and he made 6 appearances for Scotland U-21 team. It has to be noted that he suffered a serious injury in August 2012. The injury forced him to be out of contention for over three months.
Highlighted Team (Derby County):
Derby County are one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946). Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one. The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.