Our prediction for this Championship match:
Friday’s football game at John Smith’s Stadium pits together Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough, the two teams who sit in the bottom half of the table. The Terriers desperately needed a win against Blackburn Rovers and they managed to get one, with the team putting an end to their five-game winless run, but they face a tough challenge against the Boro. Goalkeeper Christopher Maxwell limped off with injury in the Boxing Day triumph, with fellow shot-stopper Jacob Chapman likely to step up.
The visitors, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 1-0 loss to Rotherham United. Middlesbrough, though, have already suffered six defeats on the road this term and we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing more than one point from Friday’s encounter. The likes of Seny Dieng, Emmanuel Latte Lath, Patrick Mcnair, Hayden Hackney, Marcus Forss, Tom Smith, Darragh Lenihan, and Lewis O’Brien remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Paddy McNair):
Following in the footsteps of his compatriot Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair joined the Manchester United academy in 2011 and he was surprisingly handed first team debut by Louis van Gaal at the start of the 2014/2015 season.
Despite his fragile age, the talented central defender has been putting in some very mature performances ever since, and everything suggests he could go on to become an important player at Old Trafford in years to come. After representing a number of youth sides, McNair made his first appearance for the Northern Ireland senior national team in a March 2015 friendly vs Scotland, before making another three outings as his side secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill surprisingly played McNair in holding midfield in the March 2016 friendly vs Wales. After the youngster impressed in the middle of the park, O’Neill went on to suggest that the Manchester United starlet may be used in midfield rather than defence in years to come in the national team.
Highlighted Team (Huddersfield):
Back in 1926 Huddersfield Town became the first English club to win three straight domestic trophies. Since 1908 the Terriers were playing at Leeds Road, but in 1994 John Smith’s Stadium became home of Huddersfield Town. The club play in the English second tier (Championship) and the colour of the their home kit is blue and white (stripes).
Huddersfield Town were founded in 1910 and just three years later they entered the Football League. In 1926 the Terriers won their last domestic trophy, but they did well finishing runners up in the FA Cup 1920. The club’s biggest rivals are Leeds United and it has to be noted that Huddersfield Town have better head-to-head record of the two teams.
Bradford City are considered Huddersfield’s local rivals as well, but there are small rivalries with Barnsley, Halifax Town, Manchester City and Oldham Athletic. The club’s chairman is Dean Hoyle.