Our football match prediction:
Portman Road Stadium will host the match between Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic. The Tractor Boys are desperate to return to winning ways in the Championship and it remains to be seen if they are capable of recording their first league triumph since February 11. Ipswich Town played out a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at the weekend and it seems as if Mick McCarthy’s troops enjoy sharing the spoils with their rivals. The Tractors Boys have already drawn 16 games this season, but fans are hungry for victories. Wigan Athletic are on a three-game losing run ahead of the trip to Ipswich and their Championship status is in great danger. This has to go down as a must-win game for the Latics and we predict that the relegation strugglers will fight tooth and nail against Tractor Boys. Taking everything into account, the visitors are likely to pick up all three points from Tuesday's football match.
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 (Wigan Athletic):
Wigan Athletic are one of the winners of the English FA Cup. The Latics won the prestigious trophy in 2013, with the team upsetting Manchester City in the title game. This is considered the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that Wigan played in the UEFA Europa League in the 2013/2014 season. Wigan have been playing their home games at the DW Stadium since 1999 and they had played at Springfield Park in the past. Chorley are considered Wigan’s fierce rivals, but the two teams last met in 1971, when they competed in the Northern Premier League. The likes of Preston North End, Bury, Oldham Athletic, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are regarded as Wigan Athletic’s rivals as well. The club was founded in 1932 and they competed in the English Premier League from 2005 to 2013. The colour of Wigan’s home kit is blue and white (stripes).