Our football match prediction:
High-flying Newcastle United will be looking to record their sixth consecutive win in all competitions when they welcome Preston at their St. James’ Park in the EFL Cup last 16. The Magpies rolled over Ipswich Town in Saturday’s football match, with Spanish attacker Ayoze Perez scoring a brace for Rafa Benitez’s charges. Newcastle are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Preston and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Over the years the Magpies have turned their St. James’ Park into a real fortress and we predict that the hosts will make it to the quarter-finals of the competition. Preston did not make a flying start to the season, but the Lilywhites have been improving their game week by week and it has to be noted that they managed to defeat Norwich City at Carrow Road at the weekend. However, beating Newcastle United at St. James’ Park is easier said than done.
Highlighted Player (Jack Colback):
After spending nine years at Sunderland youth academy, Jack Colback signed a loan deal with Ipswich Town on 6 August, 2009. The left-footed midfielder, who is capable of playing at left back as well, made 37 appearances for the Championship side, scoring four goals in the English second tier. Against all odds, Colback decided to sign for Sunderland’s bitterest rivals Newcastle United on 9 June, 2014 and it has to be noted he became the first player to move directly from Sunderland to Newcastle since 1998 when Lionel Perez did the same. In 2015 Sunderland fans created a sick banner depicting Colback hanging with a noose around his neck and that caused uproar on social media. Colback and his teammates from Newcastle dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season, but he decided not to leave the club. Colback scored 5 goals in 64 appearances for Newcastle United in the Premier League. He is well known for his passing skills, he rarely gives the ball away and journalist often compare him with Italy ace Andrea Pirlo.
Highlighted Team (Preston North End):
Preston North End or Preston were founded in 1880. The Lilywhites or the Invincibles play their home games at Deepdale, the stadium that was built in 1875 and opened three years later. In 1889 Preston won their first FA Cup trophy and they did well to beat Huddersfield Town in the final of the 1938 FA Cup final. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1889 and 1890 when they won back-to-back domestic trophies (First Division). Preston have yet to win the League Cup title, but they were runners-up in 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954, 1964. Preston’s main rivals are Blackpool and the two teams square off against each other in the West Lancashire derby. In their first ever meeting in the West Lancashire derby (1901) Preston recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool. Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are considered Preston’s big rivals as well. The colour of Preston’s shirts is white and they wear dark blue shorts.