Our football match prediction:
Middlesbrough will be looking to put an end to their four-game winless run in the Championship when they host Cardiff City at their Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Boro came from behind to share the spoils with Barnsley at the weekend, but they need to return to winning ways as soon as possible if they are to keep their hopes of securing automatic promotion to the Premier League. Middlesbrough are three points behind the play-offs berth and, no doubt, they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football match against Cardiff City. The Bluebirds failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Birmingham City at the weekend and it is more than obvious that they suffered a dip in form. Despite the fact that the Welsh club it in the second position in the standings ahead of Matchday 13, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Saturday’s clash at Riverside Stadium.
Highlighted Player (George Friend):
George Friend has played for no less than nine English clubs so far in his career. Friend made his first-team debut for non-League club Exeter City on April 17, 2006 in a goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers and he stayed at St James Park until 2008. After ending his loan spells with Tiverton Town and Team Bath he joined Wolverhampton, but he made no more than seven appearances for the Wolves in the league. The 188-cm-tall left-back, who is capable of playing as a centre-back as well, played for the likes of Millwall, Southend, Scunthorpe United and Exeter City on loan during his spell with Wolverhampton and at the end of the 2009/2010 season he signed a two-year deal with Doncaster Rovers. Friend made his Doncaster debut on August 7, 2010 in a 2-0 win over Preston and after three years at the club he was sold to Middlesbrough for a fee of £100,000. The left-footed defender has been playing for Boro ever since and you should know that he made 24 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign.
Highlighted Team (Cardiff City):
Cardiff City are a Welsh football club that compete in the English second tier (Championship). In 2009 they moved from Ninian Park to Cardiff City Stadium, the venue that officially holds 33,280 spectators. The Bluebirds played their first ever Premier League match on 18 August, 2013, but they were beaten by West Ham United (0-2) on their debut in the English top flight. However, a week later Fraizer Campbell (two goals) and Aron Gunnarson helped Cardiff City record their first ever win in the Premier League. The Bluebirds outplayed Manchester City back then, but they eventually dropped to the Championship at the end of the season. Fellow Welsh outfit Swansea City are considered Cardiff’s fiercest rivals and the two teams take on each other in the South Wales derby. The colour of Cardiff City’s home kit is blue, whilst they wear red shirts and shorts when playing on the travels.