Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on St. James’ Park when league leaders Newcastle United take on sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day. The Magpies did well to beat Burton Albion on the road in their last league match, with the team extending their winning run to three games, but the Owls are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Rafa Benitez’s troops than their previous rivals. Anyhow, Newcastle United aim to cement top position in the Championship standings and we predict that the hosts will adopt an attack-minded approach in Monday’s football game. Sheffield Wednesday were more than fortunate to beat rock-bottom Rotherham United at their Hillsborough Stadium at the weekend and seeing that they often struggle on the travels, we are tempted to put our money on the Magpies this time out. A man to watch in the home team will be Dwight Gale, who has been scoring goals for fun this term.
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 (Sheffield Wednesday):
Sheffield Wednesday are one of the two famous clubs from the city of Sheffield (South Yorkshire). The Owls compete in the English second tier (Championship) and they play their home matches at Hillsborough. The venue was the scene of the Hillsborough disaster which occurred in 1989 when 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death in the FA Cup semi-final. It has to be noted that the World Cup (1966) and the Euro (1996) matches were played at Hillsborough. Sheffield Wednesday have won four First Division trophies (1902/2903, 1903/1904, 1928/1929, 1929/2930) and they finished the 1960/1961 campaign in second place in the standings. The Owls have clinched three FA Cup trophies (1896, 1907, 1935), with the team winning the League Cup in 1991. Sheffield Wednesday defeated English giants Manchester United (1-0) in the title game. Sheffield United are regarded as the Owls’ main rivals and the two teams face each other in the Steel City derby.