Our football match prediction:
The American Express Community Stadium will host Monday’s football game between Brighton and Bournemouth. The Seagulls head into the first match of the year following a goalless draw with Newcastle United and you should bear in mind that the newcomers failed to score in five of their last six league fixtures. Chris Hughton’s men occupy 12th position in the Premier League standings ahead of the visit of Bournemouth, but they are only four points clear of the relegation zone. The Cherries did well to beat Everton at their Vitality Stadium at the weekend, with Ryan Fraser scoring a brace for Eddie Howe’s troops. Thanks to the triumph Bournemouth put an end to their eight-game winless run in the national championship and, no doubt, they regained a much-needed confidence. Seeing that Brighton do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment, we predict the visitors will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Monday.
Highlighted Player (Shane Duffy):
Shane Duffy is a footballer from Northern Ireland, who plays for Blackburn Rovers as a centre back. Duffy was born on 1 January, 1992 and he is considered one of the tallest players in the Championship. The 193-cm-tall defender began his youth career at Foyle Harps and went on to sign a deal with Premier League giants Everton in 2008. Despite being an Everton player for five years, he made no more than five appearances for the Goodison Park outfit in the process. The Northern Ireland international enjoyed loan spells with Burnley, Scunthorpe United and Yeovil Town before joining Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee in 2014. Shane Duffy scored four goals in 41 appearances for the Rovers in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and he played an important role in Paul Lambert’s team. Despite being born in Northern Ireland, the defender made his international debut for Republic of Ireland in June 2014 against Costa Rica, switching his allegiance after representing the Northern Ireland Under-16 side.
Highlighted Team (Bournemouth):
Bournemouth are a professional football club that was formed back in 1890. The Cherries secured promotion to the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season, with the team making it to the English top flight for the first time ever. Bournemouth play their home games at Dean Court and the capacity of the stadium is 11,469. The Cherries enjoyed a very successful season on their Premier League debut, with the team beating the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the national championship. Glenn Murray scored the winner for Bournemouth in the 1-0 win over the capital club at Stamford Bridge and that is probably the greatest victory in the club’s history. Bournemouth have been participating in the FA Cup since 1913, but they have yet to win the trophy in the prestigious competition. It has to be noted that the club’s original name Boscombe Athletic Football Club was changed to Bournemouth back in 1923 as the club owners wanted the Cherries to be more representative of the district.