Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on St. James’ Park when Newcastle United and Birmingham City face each other in the FA Cup replay. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at St. Andrew’s Stadium, but it has to be noted that Newcastle coach Rafa Benitez experimented against Birmingham. The Spanish tactician is likely to field a much stronger starting line-up in Wednesday’s football match and we predict that the Magpies will make it to the fourth round of the FA Cup. Newcastle United did well to beat Brentford in their last league game and thanks to the triumph the team regained top position in the Championship standings. The Blues, on the other hand, failed to put an end to their five-match winless run in all competitions, with the team playing out a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest at the weekend. Birmingham City do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment and they are unlikely to spoil Newcastle’s party at St. James’ Park.
Highlighted Player (Achraf Lazaar):
Achraf Lazaar was born in Casablanca, Morocco on January 22, 1992, but he moved to Italy with his parents in 2003. The left-footed footballer began his youth career at Raja Casablanca and he joined Varese’s youth academy in 2009. Lazaar made his debut for the senior team in 2012. He made 37 league appearances for Varese, but he did not find the net during his spell at the Stadio Franco Ossola outfit. In January 2014 he signed a contract with Palermo and he has been playing for the Sicilian outfit ever since. Lazaar plays as a left back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a left back as well. Seeing that he was unable to play for Italy, the Palermo footballer decided to represent Morocco on the international stage. He made his Morocco debut on 23 may, 2014 in a friendly against Mozambique. Morocco recorded a routine 4-0 win over Mozambique back then. Achraf Lazaar has a contract with Palermo which expires on 30 June, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Birmingham City):
Birmingham City are a club located in the city of Birmingham, England. Birmingham City were founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, but the club’s named was changed to Small Heath in 1888. 17 years later they became Birmingham and in 1943 they finally changed their name to Birmingham City. The Blues welcome their rivals at St. Andrew’s, the stadium that was opened in 1906. Birmingham City compete in the Championship and their fiercest rivals are WBA and Aston Villa. The Blues made it to the FA Cup final twice, but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. In 1931 they were beaten by their local rivals WBA in the title game (1-2), whilst in 1956 they were outplayed by Manchester City in the title game. The colour of Birmingham’s home kit is blue with white stripe. Trevor Francis, Gil Merrick, Bob Latchford, Jeff Hall, Alex Govan, Joe Bradford and Christophe Dugarry are notable footballers who played for the St. Andrew’s outfit in the past.