Our prediction for this League 1 match:
A place in the League One playoffs will be at stake when Sunderland and Blackpool face each other at Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening. The Black Cats have slim chances of securing automatic promotion, and the team’s new goal is to book their spot in the playoffs. Sunderland looked sharp in front of goal in a 3-3 draw with Accrington, and we are positive that they will find the net in the midweek clash. Both Jordan Willis and Tom Flanagan remain in the recovery room.
A man to watch in the home team will be Charlie Wyke, who scored a brace in the draw with Accrington. The sit in, on the other hand, sit in the sixth position ahead of the trip to Sunderland. Considering that the visitors are likely to go for a win in the postponed fixture as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. All CJ Hamilton, Keshi Anderson, and Matthew Virtue-Thick are sidelined with injuries, while Gary Madine is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Will Grigg):
Wighan Athletic striker Will Grigg became a viral sensation during the European Championship in France but the chances are any avid football fan will have been well aware of his goalscoring exploits even before 2016. The 27-year-old forward began his career at Stratford Town but it was in Walsall that the world took notice of his presence after 27 goals in 99 performances for the club.
He first came to prominence during the 2012/13 season when he was voted the club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season, but a loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons during his rather unfortunate two-year spell over at Brentford proved crucial for his career.
The total of 20 goals in 44 appearances at Stadium MK was where Wigan Athletic noticed the Northern Ireland man and moved in to sign him on a three year contract for a £1 million fee in 2015. ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’ was the hit song of the Euro 2016 even though the Northern Ireland striker ended up not getting a chance to make a bow in the tournament.
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.