Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Vitality Stadium will host Tuesday’s football game between Bournemouth and Middlesbrough, who face each other in the last 16 of the League Cup. The Cherries have been struggling in the Premier League so far this season and, no doubt, they are eager to give fans some cheer. Eddie Howe’s men want to go all the way in the League Cup this season and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Tuesday’s clash against Middlesbrough. The Boro, on the other hand, are determined to secure promotion to the Premier League, but they sit in the middle of the Championship table ahead of the League Cup clash against Bournemouth. It is well known that the Cherries are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they will make it to the quarter-finals of the League Cup without any difficulties.
Highlighted Player (Benik Afobe):
Benik Afobe is a 183-cm-tall striker who plays for Bournemouth. Afobe is a product of Arsenal youth academy, but he did not make his first-team debut with the Gunners. After spending several seasons on loan at Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes Dons, Afobe signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Wolverhampton on 14 January, 2015. The pacey attacker scored 22 goals in 46 appearances for Wolves and, as a result, Bournemouth chiefs decided to sign him on 10 January, 2016. Benik scored 4 goals in 12 appearances for the Cherries in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure the top flight survival. It has to be noted that Afobe won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship with England back in 2010. The former Wolves attacker was born in Leyton, England on 12 February, 1993. Benik Afobe is capable of playing as a secondary striker as well.
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.