Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Aston Villa did not kick off the new Championship campaign in style, but they have been making progress week by week and the Villans head into the League Cup game against Middlesbrough following a 3-0 away win over Barnsley. The Villans played out a goalless draw with Boro at their Villa Park earlier in September, meaning that a close encounter appears on the cards. Steve Bruce’s men did well to crush Wigan Athletic (4-1) in their League Cup opener, but beating Middlesbrough is obviously easier said than done. The Riverside Stadium outfit came from behind to defeat Queens Park Rangers at the weekend and they are on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that the match will go into extra time. It has to be noted that the likes of Henri Lansbury (Middlesbrough) and Adama Traore (Aston Villa) were both sent off in the goalless draw in the Championship.
Highlighted Player (Micah Richards):
Micah Richards is an English player who began his senior career at Manchester City. The pacey full back, who is capable of playing at centre back as well, made 179 league appearances for the Citizens between 2005 and 2015 and he scored 6 goals for the club. On 17 June, 2015 he signed a four-year deal with Aston Villa, but he did not help the Villans avoid relegation to the Championship. The England defender scored one goal in 24 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa in the 2015/2016 campaign. Micah won the Premier League trophy with Man City in the 2011/2012 season and he lifted the FA Cup trophy in 2011 with the Citizens as well. Richards has 14 caps for England U21 and he received his first ever England call-up for a friendly against Netherlands in November, 2006. Micah Richards was born in Birmngham on 24 June, 1988 and he started his youth career at Leeds United, playing as a striker.
Highlighted Team (Middlesbrough):
Middlesbrough is 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.