Our prediction for this Championship match:
Tuesday’s football match at KCOM Stadium pits together Hull City and Derby County. Hull City aim to secure the Championship survival, whilst Derby County are determined to return to the Premier League. The Tigers have been playing above expectations in the first half of the season and, as a result, they are only three points clear of bottom three ahead of the Boxing Day clash. Nigel Adkins’ men have been struggling in front of goal of late, but they are tough to beat at home and they are definitely capable of matching Derby at their KCOM Stadium. The Rams, on the other hand, recorded a routine 3-0 win over Millwall at their iPro Stadium at the weekend and they are only three points behind second-placed Cardiff City in the Championship standings. Derby County are more of a team than Hull City, but beating the Tigers on the road is easier said than done and we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils in the festive fixture.
Highlighted Player (David Meyler):
David John Meyler is a Hull City midfielder who began his youth career at College Corinthians. In 2008 he made his first-team debut with Cork City and later that year he joined Sunderland for a fee in the region of £250,000. Meyler didn’t quite managed to leave his mark at the Stadium of Light, making mere 25 appearances for the Black Cats. On 8 January, 2013 he signed a permanent deal with Hull City and he has been playing for the KC Stadium outfit ever since. David Meyler is a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both right and left midfielder as well. Speaking of his international career, the 190-cm-tall footballer was handed his Republic of Ireland debut on 11 September, 2012 in a 4-1 win over Oman at Craven Cottage. He earned five caps for the Republic of Ireland U21 team as well. David Meyler was born on 29 May, 1989 in Cork, Republic of Ireland.
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.