Our football match prediction:
Stadium of Light will host Friday’s football match between Sunderland and Derby County. The two teams take on each other on the opening day of the 2017/2018 Championship campaign and an interesting game appears on the horizon. Sunderland dropped to the English second tier at the end of the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign and they are now on a quest to secure a quick return to the elite division. However, seeing that they head into the opening match of the season following a heavy 5-0 loss to Celtic, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Key midfielder Will Hughes left Derby County earlier this summer and we predict that the England U21 international is going to be sorely missed in the upcoming season. However, coach Gary Rowett has several high-profile players to choose from and we believe that the Rams will grab something from Friday’s clash against the Black Cats.
Highlighted Player (Billy Jones):
Billy Jones is a professional footballer who plies his trade at Sunderland. He was born on 24 March, 1987 and started his senior career at Crewe Alexandra in 2003. In 2007 the defender moved to Preston North End and after spending four years at Deepdale, he then joined Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in 2011. Jones made 17 appearances for the Baggies in his debut elite-division season and he scored his first goal for the Hawthorns outfit on 20 April 2013 in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle. On 28 May, 2014 Billy Jones signed a contract with Sunderland and it has to be noted that he made 14 appearances for the Black Cats in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign. He spent more minutes on the field in the 2015/2016 season (21/1) and he played a role in helping Sam Allardyce’s team secure the Premier League survival. Billy Jones made his England U20 debut in 2005.
Highlighted Team (Derby County):
Derby County are one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946). Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one. The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.