Our football match prediction:
Newcastle United were held to a 1-1 draw by Leeds United on Friday evening, but despite dropping two points in the game against the Whites, the Magpies moved one step closer to securing automatic promotion to the Premier League. Rafa Benitez’s men are eight points clear of third-placed Huddersfield Town and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Monday’s football match against Ipswich Town. Aleksandar Mitrovic provided an assist for Jamal Lascelles in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United and the Serbian striker is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors against the Tractor Boys. Ipswich Town are high on confidence following a 2-1 win at Burton Albion, but beating the star-studded Magpies is easier said than done. Seeing that Mick McCarthy’s troops are on a six-game unbeaten run at their Portman Road Stadium, we predict that the two teams will share the spoils on Matchday 43.
Highlighted Player (Tommy Smith):
Tommy Smith is a left-footed defender who plays at centre back. Smith is capable of playing as left back as well and he represents New Zealand on the international stage. He was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, but seeing that he was resided in New Zealand he was eligible to play for both England and All Whites. The New Zealand international played for the likes of Crewe Alexandra, North Shore United and Ipswich Town during his youth career and he made his debut for the first team in Ipswich’s 2-1 defeat to Preston North End in the opening match of the 2008/2009 campaign. Tommy Smith impressed in the 2013/2014 Championship campaign with the Tractor Boys as he scored 6 goals in 45 league appearances for the club. Speaking of his international career, Smith made his full New Zealand debut on 3 March, 2010 in a 2-0 loss to Mexico. He scored his first goal for the All Whites in the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Fiji. Smith was born on 31 March 1990.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle United):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354. Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past. David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The colour of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.