Our football match prediction:
Sunderland will be aiming to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest when they face Barnsley at their Stadium of Light on Matchday 25. The Black Cats proved their worth in the victory over the Reds, but they need to keep on raising their form if they are to avoid relegation to League One. Coach Chris Coleman is determined to help Sunderland secure the Championship survival and his men are definitely capable of beating out-of-sorts Barnsley in front of home fans. Aaron McGeady scored the winner against Forest and the pacey winger will be the man to watch in the home team. The Tykes, on the other hand, are on a ten-game winless run in the Championship and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Barnsley outclassed Sunderland at Oakwell Stadium earlier this term and, no doubt, the Black Cats are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Paddy McNair):
Following in the footsteps of his compatriot Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair joined the Manchester United academy in 2011 and he was surprisingly handed first team debut by Louis van Gaal at the start of the 2014/2015 season. Despite his fragile age, the talented central defender has been putting in some very mature performances ever since, and everything suggests he could go on to become an important player at Old Trafford in years to come. After representing a number of youth sides, McNair made his first appearance for the Northern Ireland senior national team in a March 2015 friendly vs Scotland, before making another three outings as his side secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals. Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill surprisingly played McNair in holding midfield in the March 2016 friendly vs Wales. After the youngster impressed in the middle of the park, O’Neill went on to suggest that the Manchester United starlet may be used in midfield rather than defence in years to come in the national team.
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.