Our football match prediction:
Following back-to-back home wins over Sheffield United and Burton Albion, Middlesbrough suffered a 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground at the weekend. The Boro obviously produce much better showings at their Riverside Stadium and they are widely expected to return to winning ways this weekend as they take on Preston North End in front of home fans. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Britt Assombalonga, who has netted two goals in the Championship so far this season. The Lilywhites, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Reading at the weekend, but the team’s away record is anything but good and that is probably the main reason why we predict the hosts will emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football match. In their last meeting at Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Preston, with Albert Adomah scoring the only goal of the game.
Highligted 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.