Our football match prediction:
Newcastle United will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Preston and Cardiff City when they welcome Barnsley at their St. James’ Park on the last day of the season. The Magpies have already secured automatic promotion to the Premier League, but, no doubt, they want to finish the season in top position in the table. Rafa Benitez’s troops recorded three wins in previous four home games and seeing that they are only one point behind league leaders Brighton ahead of Matchday 46, we predict that the hosts will finish the season with a win over Tykes. Barnsley sit in 14th place in the standings ahead of the trip to Newcastle upon Tyne and they have nothing to play for in Sunday’s football match. The Tykes have been totally out of form in the second half of the season and you should know that they registered only one victory in last three league fixtures.
Highligted Player (Jack Colback):
After spending nine years at Sunderland youth academy, Jack Colback signed a loan deal with Ipswich Town on 6 August, 2009. The left-footed midfielder, who is capable of playing at left back as well, made 37 appearances for the Championship side, scoring four goals in the English second tier. Against all odds, Colback decided to sign for Sunderland’s bitterest rivals Newcastle United on 9 June, 2014 and it has to be noted he became the first player to move directly from Sunderland to Newcastle since 1998 when Lionel Perez did the same. In 2015 Sunderland fans created a sick banner depicting Colback hanging with a noose around his neck and that caused uproar on social media. Colback and his teammates from Newcastle dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season, but he decided not to leave the club. Colback scored 5 goals in 64 appearances for Newcastle United in the Premier League. He is well known for his passing skills, he rarely gives the ball away and journalist often compare him with Italy ace Andrea Pirlo.
Highlighted Team (Barnsley):
Barnsley are an English club nicknamed the Tykes. The club was founded in 1887 and it has to be noted that they spend more seasons in the Championship than any other club in the history. The Tykes played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890, but in 1895 they were part of the Midland League. Barnsley play their home games at Oakwell, the stadium that was built in 1887. The capacity of the stadium is 23,009 and it was opened back in 1888, just one year after the club’s foundation. The Tykes made it to the FA Cup final in 1910, but Newcastle United proved to be a big catch for the Oakwell outfit in the title game. Nonetheless, Barnsley won the FA Cup trophy in 1912 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the two-legged tie (0-0, 1-0) to clinch the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in their history.