Our prediction for this Championship match:
There will be fireworks when Middlesbrough and Leicester City, the two old rivals, face each other at Riverside Stadium in the Championship derby. The Boro have won three of their last four home games, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Saturday’s game as well. All Marcus Forss, Tom Smith, Darragh Lenihan, Riley McGree, and Lewis O’Brien are out of contention with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Foxes, on the other hand, are determined to secure a quick return to the Premier League. The league leaders want to keep their 100% record on the road intact, but seeing that Middlesbrough have turned their Riverside Stadium into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on draw. As for the visiting team, all Wilfred Ndidi, Yunus Akgun, Callum Doyle, Thomas Cannon, and Dennis Praet are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Paddy McNair):
Following in the footsteps of his compatriot Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair joined the Manchester United academy in 2011 and he was surprisingly handed first team debut by Louis van Gaal at the start of the 2014/2015 season.
Despite his fragile age, the talented central defender has been putting in some very mature performances ever since, and everything suggests he could go on to become an important player at Old Trafford in years to come. After representing a number of youth sides, McNair made his first appearance for the Northern Ireland senior national team in a March 2015 friendly vs Scotland, before making another three outings as his side secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill surprisingly played McNair in holding midfield in the March 2016 friendly vs Wales. After the youngster impressed in the middle of the park, O’Neill went on to suggest that the Manchester United starlet may be used in midfield rather than defence in years to come in the national team.
Highlighted Team (Leicester):
Leicester City FC Is an English football club which was founded in 1884. The club ws originally founded as Leicester Fosse but due financial reasons the club changed its name in 1919 to Leicester City FC. The club is been playing in the Premier League and Championship on and off.
Leicester City hosts its home games in the King Power Stadium which holds a capacity of 33 000 seats. The club colors are blue and white. The Leicester fans call their club The Foxes.
Leicester City won 3 big titles: the League cup 3 times in 1964, 1997 and 2000. The club from Leicester managed to reach the FA Cup final 4 times. In lower English football divisions the club managed to win a couple of titles. The last time Leicester played in a European competition was in 2000/2001 where the club played, and lost 2 times against Red Star Belgrade. Remarkable players that played for Leicester City FC are Mancini, Lineker and Heskey.