Our football match prediction:
St. James’ Park will host Saturday’s football match between Newcastle United and Fulham. Following back-to-back wins over their promotion rivals Brighton and Huddersfield Town, the Magpies played out a goalless draw with Reading at Madejski Stadium. Rafa Benitez’s men dropped two points in Tuesday’s match, but they remained in top position in the Championship standings. Newcastle United aim to return to winning ways on Matchday 37 and seeing that Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic has some selection worries ahead of the St. James’ Park showdown, we predict that the Magpies will record their 12th home win of the season. The Cottagers are tough to beat at home, but their performances on the travels leave a lot to be desired and they are likely to return home empty-handed. It has to be noted that the capital club have not defeated Newcastle on the road in a competitive match since May, 2009.
Highlighted Player (DeAndre Yedlin):
DeAndre Yedlin is a versatile 22-year-old young American footballer who is currently on loan at Sunderland from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. His primary position is as a right-back but Yedlin can also play as a wingback or a wide midfielder. He is known for his speed on the wings and getting great crosses on the flanks. Yedlin was part of Washington Youth Soccer’s State Olympic Development Program from 2006-09 before joining the Seattle Sounders FC youth academy in 2010. He played college soccer at the University of Akron starting in 20 games for the Zips. Yedlin soon made his mark with Seattle Sounders and earned the record of becoming the first rookie to be named to the MLS team of the Week on his professional debut and the second rookie to make it to the All-star team. He earned his senior team debut in 2014 and has 33 caps to his name.
Highlighted Team (Fulham):
Fulham are a club from London that play in the Championship. The capital club dropped to the English second tier at the end of the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign after failing to impress in the elite competition. Fulham were founded in 1879 and they play their home matches at Craven Cottage. Fulham are the oldest-established club from the English capital to have played in the top flight. Fulham finished the 2008/2009 Premier League campaign in seventh place in the standings and that is considered the team’s biggest success, speaking of their participation in the Premier League. The Cottagers played in the Europa League twice and they did well to reach the FA Cup final in 1975, but they were beaten by their local rivals West Ham United in the title game (0-2). Chelsea are regarded as Fulham’s bitter rivals as well and the two teams take on each other in the North London derby.