Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on St. James’ Park when Newcastle United and Derby County take on each other on Matchday 30. The Magpies were on the verge of beating Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday evening, but Ciaran Clark scored an own goal in the dying minutes of the match. Newcastle United aim to regain top position in the Championship standings, but Saturday’s football match against Derby County will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Key attacker Dwight Gayle remains in the recovery room, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is fit and he could lead the attack for the hosts against Derby. The Rams played out a 2-2 draw with Leicester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend and, to make things even better for the fans, they outclassed Ipswich Town at Portman Road in their last league fixture. Both sides are likely to go for a win in Saturday’s clash and we predict that fans will see a real football festival at St. James’ Park.
Highlighted Player (Cheick Tiote):
Cheick Tiote is an Ivory Coast footballer who plays for Newcastle United as a midfielder. Tiote is well known for his hard tackles and, as a result, he often gets booked. He was born in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast on 21 June, 1986 and he started his youth career at FC Bibo. In 2005 Anderlecht scouts spotted him and he decided to join the Belgian outfit. Cheick Tiote made just four appearances for Anderlecht as he was sent on loan to Roda for the 2007/2008 season. On 2 October, 2008 Tiote joined Dutch side Twente for a fee (reportedly) of €750,000. He provided 14 assists for his teammates and scored one goal for Twente during his spell at De Grolsh Veste. In August 2010 he signed a contract with Newcastle United for a fee of £3.5 million and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. Cheick Tiote made 20 appearances for the Magpies in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but that did not help Rafa Benitez’s troops avoid relegation to the Championship. Cheick is married to Madah, who gave birth to their two children.
Highlighted Team (Derby County):
Derby County are one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946). Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one. The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.