Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Middlesbrough play host to Sunderland at their Riverside Stadium in the opening match of their FA Cup campaign. The Boro’s main goal is to secure promotion to the Premier League, but they have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 FA Cup campaign as well. Experienced tactician Tony Pulis is definitely capable of helping Middlesbrough bring glory days back to Riverside Stadium and his men face an easy task in Saturday’s football match against Sunderland. The Black Cats are fighting hard to survive in the Championship and we predict that coach Chris Coleman is going to rest his first-team regulars for the league fixture against Cardiff City. The Boro are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. When the two teams met in the Championship earlier this term Middlesbrough recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sunderland.
Highlighted Player (Fabio):
Fabio Pereira da Silva was born in Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro on 9 July, 1990. The full-back, who is capable of playing on both sides of the field, began his youth career at Fluminense and in 2007 he was spotted by Manchester United scouts. Despite signing a contract with the Premier League giants in February, 2007, the Brazilian footballer was unable to play for the Red Devils until his 18th birthday. On August, 2008 he made his Manchester United debut, coming from the bench in a 2-0 win over Peterborough United. Fabio impressed on his debut, but he made just two appearances for Manchester United in the 2008/2009 season (FA Cup). On 2 July, 2012 Fabio signed a loan deal with Queens Park Rangers and he played 21 games for the Hoops in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign. He returned to Manchester United for the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign, but on 29 January, 2014 David Moyes decided to sell him to Cardiff City. Speaking of his international career, Fabio has 17 caps for Brazil U17 team and he made his first-team debut on 7 October, against Costa Rica.
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.