Our football match prediction:
Thanks to Andre Gray’s late goal Burnley recorded a very important win over Middlesbrough. The Clarets are eager to secure the elite division survival, but they need to improve their away record if they are to meet the goal. Sean Dyche’s troops have been impressive at their Turf Moor this term and you should bear in mind that they are after their seventh home win of the season. Burnley take on Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Matchday 20, meaning that they are desperate to grab something from the relegation six-pointer against Sunderland. The Black Cats failed to spoil Manchester United’s party at Old Trafford on Boxing Day and considering that their away displays leave a lot to be desired, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed from Saturday’s football match. Burnley have already defeated the likes of Middlesbrough, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool and Watford at home and they are certainly capable of beating the relegation strugglers in front of home fans.
Highlighted Player (Lafferty):
Daniel Lafferty is a Northern Ireland footballer who plays for Burnley. He signed a deal with Celtic in 2006, but was never handed a first-team debut for the Scottish giants. In 2010 he joined Derry City and it has to be noted that he scored seven goals in 46 appearances for the Irish outfit. Two years later, on 30 January 2012, Lafferty signed contract with Burnley for an undisclosed fee. The left back made no more than one appearance for the Clarets in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign and, as a result, he decided to join Rotherham United on a one-month loan in March, 2015. Seven months later he was sent on loan to Oldham Athletic and he played 15 matches for the League One club. Nonetheless, he returned to Burnley in 2016. Daniel Lafferty made his Northern Ireland debut on 2 June, 2012 in a 6-0 defeat to Netherlands. However, he did not make the Northern Ireland roster for the Euro 2016 finals.
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.