Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by the FA Cup win over Barnsley, Millwall take on Preston at the Den in their first home game of the year, speaking of league fixtures. The Lions are a team with two faces and it is more than obvious that they produce much better showings at home than on the travels. The capital club are on a five-game unbeaten run at home ground in the Championship, but Saturday’s football match against Preston will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Lilywhites quickly bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Middlesbrough, with the team rolling over Wycombe Wanderers (5-1) in the FA Cup at the weekend and, no doubt, that helped them regain confidence. Preston are eyeing a place in the Championship play-offs, but beating the Lions in the suburbs of London is easier said than done and, taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Calum Butcher):
Calum Butcher s an English midfielder, who was born in Rochford on February 26, 1991. Butcher played for the youth teams of Ipswich Town, Southend United and Tottenham Hotspur and despite being a Spurs player he did not see any game action at senior level during his spell with the White Hart Lane outfit. The 185-cm-tall midfielder, though, was named as a substitute for Spurs in a 1-1 draw with Shakhstar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup back in 2009. Butcher played for the likes of Barnet (loan), Hjorring, Hayes & Yeading United, Dundee United and Burton Albion in the past before joining Millwall on August 25, 2016. He made his debut for the Lions two days after signing for the club, coming as a substitute in a 3-1 victory over Chesterfield. Butcher scored his first goal for Milwall against Northampton on October 15, 2016. It has to be noted that the midfielder scored two goals in 32 appearances for the Lions in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign.
Highlighted Team (Preston North End):
Preston North End or Preston were founded in 1880. The Lilywhites or the Invincibles play their home games at Deepdale, the stadium that was built in 1875 and opened three years later. In 1889 Preston won their first FA Cup trophy and they did well to beat Huddersfield Town in the final of the 1938 FA Cup final. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1889 and 1890 when they won back-to-back domestic trophies (First Division). Preston have yet to win the League Cup title, but they were runners-up in 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954, 1964. Preston’s main rivals are Blackpool and the two teams square off against each other in the West Lancashire derby. In their first ever meeting in the West Lancashire derby (1901) Preston recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool. Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are considered Preston’s big rivals as well. The colour of Preston’s shirts is white and they wear dark blue shorts.