Our football match prediction:
As expected, Nottingham Forest failed to spoil Newcastle United’s party at St. James’ Park on Friday. The Reds extended their losing run in the Championship to three games, meaning that they are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Barnsley. Philippe Montanier’s charges sit in the danger zone in the standings and, no doubt, Monday’s football game against Barnsley is of big importance for the hosts. The Tykes, on the other hand, have been impressive in front of goal in recent festive fixtures and it has to be noted that the team scored nine goals in previous three league games. Both sides are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the City Ground clash and we predict that fans will see goals galore on Monday. In previous three meetings between Forest and Barnsley 13 goals were scored and there is every chance both sides will find the net on Matchday 25.
Highlighted Player (Eric Lichaj):
Eric Lichaj is a full back who is capable of playing on both sides of the field. Lichaj was born in Downers Grove, USA on 17 November, 1988 and he started his youth career at IMG Academy. After spending one year at the University of North Carolina, he signed a deal with Aston Villa in 2007. He made his competitive debut for the Villans on 19 August, 2010, in the Europa League qualifier against Rapid Wien (1-1). Lichaj made 32 league appearances for Aston Villa, scoring one goal, and he played for the likes of Lincoln City, Leyton Oriend and Leeds United on loan as well. On 19 June, 2013 he signed a two-year contract with Nottingham Forest and he made his debut for the Reds in a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the opening match of the 2013/2014 Championship campaign. Speaking of his international career, Lichaj was named in the USA U20 squad for the 2007 FIFA World Cup, but he was eventually forced to withdraw from the squad through injury. The defender made his debut for the USA senior team on 12 October, 2010 in a warm-up game against Colombia.
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.