Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a hard-fought win over Fulham Birmingham City put an end to their ten-game winless run in all competitions. That certainly gave them a confidence boost and the Blues will be looking to build on the triumph when they face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough Stadium. Birmingham City are nine points behind the play-offs berth, but a win over Wednesday would help them keep their hopes of finishing the season in top six alive. However, seeing that the team’s displays on the travels leave a lot to be desired, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. The Owls did well to beat Wigan Athletic at the weekend and, as a result, the team retained their spot in top six. It is well known that Sheffield Wednesday are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they will pick up all three points from Friday’s football match. It has to be noted, though, that attacker Steven Fletcher misses the game through suspension.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Loovens):
Glenn Loovens is the son of Hans Loovens, who used to play for FC Twente in the past. Unlike his father, Glenn started his senior career at Feyenoord and it has to be noted that he played 27 league games for de Trots van Zuid. The right-footed defender played for the likes of Excelsior, De Graafschap and Cardiff City on loan between 2003 and 2006 and then he decided to sign a permanent deal with the Welsh outfit. After playing 67 games for the Bluebirds, he joined Celtic on 16 August, 2008 and it has to be noted that he scored 8 goals in 61 appearances for the Hoops in the Scottish Premier League. In 2012 he moved to Spain, signing a deal with Zaragoza and he played 21 games for the La Romareda outfit in La Liga. Loovens then decided to return to England as he signed a contract with Sheffield Wednesday. Speaking of his international career, the Sheffield Wednesday footballer has two caps for Netherlands, while playing 6 games for the U-21 team.
Highlighted Team (Birmingham City):
Birmingham City are a club located in the city of Birmingham, England. Birmingham City were founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, but the club’s named was changed to Small Heath in 1888. 17 years later they became Birmingham and in 1943 they finally changed their name to Birmingham City. The Blues welcome their rivals at St. Andrew’s, the stadium that was opened in 1906. Birmingham City compete in the Championship and their fiercest rivals are WBA and Aston Villa. The Blues made it to the FA Cup final twice, but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. In 1931 they were beaten by their local rivals WBA in the title game (1-2), whilst in 1956 they were outplayed by Manchester City in the title game. The colour of Birmingham’s home kit is blue with white stripe. Trevor Francis, Gil Merrick, Bob Latchford, Jeff Hall, Alex Govan, Joe Bradford and Christophe Dugarry are notable footballers who played for the St. Andrew’s outfit in the past.