Our prediction for this Championship match:
Middlesbrough will be aiming to build on a 4-1 win over Wigan when they take on Wigan Athletic in the Championship round 17. The Boro produced their best display of the season on Wednesday evening, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to move closer to the playoffs berth. Chuba Akpom should continue to lead the line for the hosts after finding the net in the midweek triumph, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Terriers, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom with only 11 points in their pocket. The rock-bottom side failed to impress in back-to-back losses to Rotherham United and Preston, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Middlesbrough’s party at Riverside Stadium. All William Boyle, Patrick Jones, Jonathan Hogg, Tyreece Simpson, and Matty Pearson are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Sol Bamba):
Souleymane “Sol” Bamba is an Ivory Coast international who plays for Leeds United in the Championship. The defender spent five years in PSG youth school (1999-2004) and he made no more than one league appearance for the first team.
In July 2006 he signed for Scottish team Dunfermline and after spending two years at East End Park, he moved to fellow Scottish Premier League club Hibernian in 2008. Sol Bamba played as a centre back for the Hibs and he was producing brilliant performances with the Easter Road outfit.
The Ivory Coast defender used to play for the likes of Leicester City, Trabzonspor and Palermo in the past as well and on 24 June, 2015 he signed a permanent deal with Leeds United. Bamba made his Ivory Coast debut in 2008 in a friendly game against Israel. Over the years he has established himself as Ivory Coast first-team regular, but he was surprisingly omitted from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast squad. Bamba is a 190-cm-tall centre back and he is well known for his aerial skills and brilliant tackles.
Highlighted Team (Huddersfield):
Back in 1926 Huddersfield Town became the first English club to win three straight domestic trophies. Since 1908 the Terriers were playing at Leeds Road, but in 1994 John Smith’s Stadium became home of Huddersfield Town. The club play in the English second tier (Championship) and the colour of the their home kit is blue and white (stripes).
Huddersfield Town were founded in 1910 and just three years later they entered the Football League. In 1926 the Terriers won their last domestic trophy, but they did well finishing runners up in the FA Cup 1920. The club’s biggest rivals are Leeds United and it has to be noted that Huddersfield Town have better head-to-head record of the two teams.
Bradford City are considered Huddersfield’s local rivals as well, but there are small rivalries with Barnsley, Halifax Town, Manchester City and Oldham Athletic. The club’s chairman is Dean Hoyle.