Our football match prediction:
Newcastle United will be looking to extend their winning run in the Championship to six matches when they face Preston at Deepdale Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Magpies are leading the standings ahead of Matchday 15, but they can’t afford any complacency in the clash against the in-form Lilywhites. Preston are on a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of the Newcastle United game and we predict that the hosts will grab something from the match. Rafa Benitez’s men are three points clear of second-placed Brighton, meaning that the visitors will be happy with one point from Saturday’s football game as well. Dwight Gale is enjoying a season to remember and the team’s top scorer is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. It has been seven years since Preston and Newcastle last met at Deepdale Stadium. Back then Kevin Nolan helped the Magpies record a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Lilywhites.
Highlighted Player (Tom Clarke):
Tom Clarke is a defender who plays for Preston North End. He used to play for Huddersfield Town, Halifax (loan), Bradford City (loan) and Leyton Orient (loan) in the past and in May, 2013 he joined the Lilywhites. On 5 August, 2013 Clarke scored the winner for Preston against Blackpool and it has to be noted that it was his only second appearance for the club. Tom is Nathan Clarke’s brother and his main position is centre back. However, the Preston footballer is capable of playing as both left and right back as well. Tom Clarke played for England U18 and U19 teams and he scored one goal for the national team at international youth level. Clarke won Football League One play-offs on two occasions. He did it with Huddersfield Town in 2012 and with Preston in 2015. He made 35 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, but he failed to find the net.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle United):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354. Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past. David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The colour of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.