Our football match prediction:
Wolverhampton and Middlesbrough take on each other at Molineux Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of the opening day of the season. The Wolves were playing below expectations last term and, as a result, the club chiefs decided to make changes to the squad in the summer transfer window. The likes of Bodvarsson, Henry, Saville, Silvio and Williamson are no longer part of the team, with Bennett, Douglas, Neves, Norris, Ofosu-Ayeh and Roderick joining the squad. The Wolves did well to beat the likes of Peterborough and Leicester City in their last two warm-up games and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s football game against Middlesbrough. Boro dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2016/2017 Premier League season, but given the quality of Garry Monk’s team, we would not be surprised if they secure a quick return to the English top flight. Summer signings Britt Assombalonga will be the man to watch in the away team and, taking everything into account, the two teams are likely to share the spoils at Molineux Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Ben Marshall):
Ben Marshall began his youth career at Manchester United back in 1997 at the age of six. The winger, who is capable of playing at right back as well, was born on 29 March 1991 and he signed for Stoke City on 8 July 2009. After spending three years on loan at Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town, Carlisle United and Sheffield Wednesday, he was sold to Leicester City on transfer deadline day (31 January 2012) for a fee of £750k. Marshall scored seven goals in 56 appearances for the King Power Stadium outfit and on 28 August 2013 he joined Blackburn Rovers. Marshall played 44 matches for Blackburn in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that he scored six goals for the Ewood Park outfit in all competitions. The winger made his debut for England U21 on 6 September against Azerbaijan. In the 2010/2011 season Ben Marshall won the Football League Trophy with Carlisle United and that is considered the biggest success of his career.
Highlighted Team (Middlesbrough):
Middlesbrough are a professional football club that have been balancing between the top two divisions of England’s league system in the modern history. Boro have been playing their home games at the Riverside Stadium since 1995 and their shirt colour is red. The capacity of the Riverside Stadium is 34,742. Middlesbrough impressed in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and they did really well to secure promotion to the English top flight. Newcastle United and Sunderland are regarded as the club’s main rivals, but there is a rivalry with Leeds United as well. Middlesbrough made it to the FA Cup final in 1997, but Chelsea proved to be a big catch for the Boro in the title game (0-2). However, the Riverside Stadium outfit did remarkably well to win the League Cup trophy in 2004, with the team beating Bolton Wanderers in the final. George Boateng, Stewart Downing, Juninho Paulista, Gareth Southgate, Jonathan Woodgate, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Tuncay Sanli and Hamilton Ricard are the star footballers who left their mark at Middlesbrough.