Our prediction for this Championship match:
Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest take on each other at Riverside Stadium in what is expected to be a close encounter. The Boro have been in a fine form of late, and it is no wonder they managed to beat Coventry City at home on Tuesday evening. Middlesbrough aim to climb to the Europa League berth, and we predict that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football match.
The Reds, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures. Nottingham Forest have subscribed to sharing the spoils with their rivals, with the team playing out draws with Rotheram, Derby, and Luton in the previous three league fixtures. The Reds face a difficult task in the Riverside Stadium clash, and seeing that Blackett, Bachirou, Worrall, Grabban, and Ioannou are all out of contention, home win should definitely be considered.
Highlighted Player (Simon Sluga):
Simon Sluga is a Croatian goalkeeper who plays for Luton Town in the Championship. Born in Porec on March 17, 1993, the 191-cm-tall shot-stopper started his youth career at hometown club Jadran Porec before joining famous Croatian club Rijeka.
After spending two years on loan Juventus Primavera and Verona Primavera, Simon Sluga signed a professional contract with Rijeka in 2013. It has to be noted that he played for the likes of Pomorac, Lokomotiva Zagreb and Spezia on loan as well before moving to England. The Luton Town goalkeeper represented Croatia U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams in international matches and he made his senior team debut on June 11, 2019 in a friendly against Tunisia.
The Vatreni were beaten by the African side 2-1 in Varazdin, with Simon Sluga playing a full 90 minutes for Zlatko Dalic’s team. His contract with Luton Town should expire on June 30, 2022.
Highlighted Team (Nottingham Forest):
Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0).
Nottingham Forest won the national championship in the 1977/1978 season, with the team finishing the campaign seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool. To make things even better for the fans, the City Ground outfit clinched the FA Cup trophies in 1898 and 1959. Derby County are regarded as Forest’s bitterest rivals and the two local rivals contest in the East Midlands derby. In their first ever meeting in the local derby Forest recorded a 3-2 win over Derby County.