Our football match prediction:
Newcastle United failed to impress in a Boxing Day clash against Sheffield Wednesday and, as a result, they suffered a 1-0 loss to Carlos Carvalhal’s troops in front of home fans. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey missed the game through suspension and it is more than obvious that the former Liverpool man is going to be sorely missed in upcoming festive fixtures. Nonetheless, coach Rafa Benitez has a number of high-profile players to choose from and the Magpies are definitely capable of picking up all three points from Friday’s football match against Nottingham Forest. The Reds are considered as one of the worst travellers in the Championship and seeing that they have already suffered eight defeats on the road so far this season, we predict that Newcastle United will return to winning ways on Matchday 24. Dwight Gale is enjoying a very successful season and he will be the man to watch in the home side.
Highlighted Player (Achraf Lazaar):
Achraf Lazaar was born in Casablanca, Morocco on January 22, 1992, but he moved to Italy with his parents in 2003. The left-footed footballer began his youth career at Raja Casablanca and he joined Varese’s youth academy in 2009. Lazaar made his debut for the senior team in 2012. He made 37 league appearances for Varese, but he did not find the net during his spell at the Stadio Franco Ossola outfit. In January 2014 he signed a contract with Palermo and he has been playing for the Sicilian outfit ever since. Lazaar plays as a left back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a left back as well. Seeing that he was unable to play for Italy, the Palermo footballer decided to represent Morocco on the international stage. He made his Morocco debut on 23 may, 2014 in a friendly against Mozambique. Morocco recorded a routine 4-0 win over Mozambique back then. Achraf Lazaar has a contract with Palermo which expires on 30 June, 2017.
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.