Our prediction for this Championship match:
WBA and Middlesbrough face each other at the Hawthorns in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Saturday’s program. The Baggies suffered a dip in form, with the team collecting only one point in total from the last three league matches, but they are still in the playoffs race. WBA are eyeing their eighth home win of the process, but they will have to do it without Alex Palmer, Matt Phillips, Kyle Bartley, and Kean Bryan as the quartet remains in the recovery room.
The Boro, on the other hand, are eyeing their sixth consecutive league win, but beating WBA on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards at the Hawthorns, and we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. Defender Matt Clarke should be the only absentee in the away team.
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 (West Bromwich):
West Bromwich Albion Football Club (shortly West Brom or WBA) is an English football club which was founded in 1878 by employees of Salter’s Spring Works in West Bromwich (a small city in the region of West Midlands). West Bromwhich Albion hosts it’s home games in the Hawthorns stadium which holds a capacity of 26 500 seats.
West Bromwich Albion is one of the founders of the English Football League and is currently for over 90 seasons active in the highest division. WBA managed to win the FA cup 5 times in their history and the English Premier League once.
The club colors of West Bromwich Albion are blue and white. Known players in the history of West Bromwich are Bobby Robson, Nwankwo Kanu and Cyrille Regis.