Our football match prediction:
Sunday’s football game at the American Express Community Stadium pits together Brighton and Southampton. Brighton aim to build on a 3-0 win over West Ham United and a win over Manuel Pellegrino’s troops would see them climb to the top half of the Premier League standings. The Seagulls are no longer considered No. 1 favourites for relegation, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to prove the doubters wrong. Brighton are on a three-game unbeaten run at home ahead of the visit of Southampton and it has to be noted that they defeated the Saints in their last meeting in a competitive match (2012). Southampton, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against WBA at the weekend and they managed to get one, with Sofiane Boufal scoring a late winner for the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Seeing that Brighton are tough to beat at home, a close encounter appears on the cards and we predict that the two teams will share the spoils on Matchday 10.
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 (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St. Mary’s Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green. The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever. The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.