Our football match prediction:
In-form Southampton did remarkably well to share the spoils with Manchester City at Etihad Stadium in their last league match and the Saints will be aiming to return to winning ways when they host Sunderland at their St. Mary’s Stadium in the EFL Cup last 16. Claude Puel’s men are eyeing their fifth consecutive win at home in all competitions and seeing that the Black Cats have been totally out of form of late, we predict that Southampton are going to make it to the EFL Cup quarter-finals. Summer signing Redmond found the net in Sunday’s football match against Manchester City and, no doubt, he will pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Sunderland have yet to record a win in the Premier League this season and, taking everything into account, the visitors are likely to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the away team will be experienced attacker Jermaine Defoe, who has netted four goals this season.
Highlighted Player (Steven Davis):
Born in Ballymena on 1 January 1985, Steven Davis is probably the most famous Northern Irish footballer of the 21st century, and he was one of team’s youngest ever captains, having been awarded the armband just over a year after making his debut for the national team. The combative midfielder has spent his entire career up to date in the UK, enjoying successful spells with Aston Villa, Fulham, Rangers and Southampton, while representing the country of his birth at various youth levels before getting a chance to shine at the biggest stage. Davis soon established himself as a leader of the Northern Ireland football team, missing just a handful of competitive fixtures since making his debut in 2005. The central midfielder scored 2 goals to help the national team finally secure their place at a major tournament, with an impressive Euro 2016 qualifying campaign likely to remain fresh in the minds of both the players and fans alike in years to come.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation. The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sudnerland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Prestson North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.