Our football match prediction:
The 2017/2018 Championship campaign has been in a mixed bag for Middlesbrough so far. Following a 2-0 win over Birmingham City the Boro suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Derby County and Bristol City in previous two league fixtures and the lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the team in Saturday’s football match against Ipswich Town. The Tractor Boys, on the other hand, did well to beat Nottingham Forest (4-2) at their Portman Road at the weekend and it is more than obvious that Mick McCarthy’s troops are determined to book their place in the Championship play-offs. The season is quite long, but upcoming festive fixtures could well decide Ipswich Town’s destiny. The Tractor Boys have been in a fine form of late, but seeing that the Boro are tough to beat at home, we predict the two teams will play out a draw at Riverside Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Adama Traore):
After starting his youth career at Hospitalet, Adama Traore moved to Barcelona football academy La Masia in 2004. The pacey winger made a great progress during his spell with the Catalan giants and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 63 appearances for Barca B. Adama Traore made his debut for the first team against Granada (4-0) on November 23, 2013, replacing Brazilian superstar Neymar in the 83rd minute of the match. In the summer of 2015 he signed for Aston Villa for a fee of £7 million, but he made no more than 11 appearances in the Premier League for the Vilans. At the end of the 2015/2016 season he moved to fellow English club Middlesbrough and he made his debut for the Boro in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on September 10, 2016. Due to his dual citizenship, Adama Traore is eligible to represent Spain and Mali at senior level, but it has to be noted that he played for youth categories of La Roja.
Highlighted Team (Ipswich Town):
Ipswich Town are an English football club that was formed in 1878. Portman Road has been the home ground of Ipswich Town since 1894 and the capacity of the venue, which was expanded in 2002, is 30,311. The Tractor Boys compete in the Championship, but they used to play in the English Premier League in the past as well. Ipswich Town last appeared in the elite division in the 2001/2002 season. Ipswich won the FA Cup in 1978, with the team beating Arsenal (1-0) in the title game. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1981 when they outplayed AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Cup final. It has to be noted that the Tractor Boys have yet to suffer a loss at home ground in the European competitions. Norwich City are regarded as Ipswich Town’s bitterest rivals and it is well known that the two sides take on each other in the East Anglian derby.