Our football match prediction:
Nottingham Forest welcome Millwall at The City Ground in the opening match of the season. The Reds were on the verge of dropping to the League One at the end of the 2016/2017 Championship campaign, but thanks to a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town on the last day of the season they managed to secure the survival. Britt Assombalonga is no longer part of the team, but Newcastle United attacker Daryl Murphy joined the club and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other at The City Ground. Millwall did well to secure promotion to the Championship and they are now on a quest to survive in the English second tier. The Lions are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they often struggle on the travels and that is the main reason why we predict the hosts will pick up all three points from Friday’s football match.
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 (Millwall):
Based in Bermonsdey, South East London, Millwall are a football club whose supporters have often been associated with hooliganism. West Ham United are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two teams. The Lions share rivalry with Charlton as well and the two teams first met back in 1921. The Den is Milwall’s home ground at the capacity of the stadium, which was opened in 1993, is 20.146. The capital club did well to make it to the 2003/2004 FA Cup final, but Premier League giants Manchester United proved to be a big catch for the Lions. The Red Devils won the game 3-0, but despite suffering the heavy loss in the title game, Milwall booked their place in the UEFA Cup. However, Ferencvaros of Hungary proved to be a big catch for the English outfit in the two-legged tie. Australia international Tim Cahill is considered one of the most notable footballers who whore Millwall shirt (1998-2004).