Our match prediction:
Buoyed by a thrilling 3-0 win at Sunderland, Everton take on Middlesbrough at their Goodison Park on Matchday 5. The Toffees have been impressive under new coach Ronald Koeman and they are regarded as favourites on paper to pick up all three points from Monday’s football game against Boro. Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick against Sunderland and the Belgium attacker will certainly make life difficult for the opposition back line. The newcomers suffered a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend and seeing that they have yet to face a tough opponent in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Over the years Everton have turned their Goodison Park into a real fortress and they are widely expected to crush Middlesbrough on Monday. In previous three meetings between the two teams in all competitions Everton emerged triumphant.
Highligted Player (Coleman):
Quite possibly the most talented footballer to have donned the Republic of Ireland jersey in the second decade of the 21st century, Seamus Coleman is an attacking full-back, who has been one of Everton’s best performers for quite some time. Plucked from lowly Sligo Rovers in 2009, the highly rated footballer took to Premier League like duck to water and went on to become one of the best right-sided defenders in the league. Coleman has developed a knack for scoring amazing goals, and he already has more than a dozen strikes in the Premier League. The talented footballer is still waiting for his first goal in the Republic of Ireland national team, but it is only a matter of time before he ends his international drought, even though that is not exactly his main job. The general consensus is that Coleman should have left Everton for a top club earlier in order to realise his full potential, but there is still time for the Irish footballer to grace the biggest stage.
Highlighted Team (Middlesbrough):
Middlesbrough are a professional football club that have been balancing between the top two divisions of England’s league system in the modern history. Boro have been playing their home games at the Riverside Stadium since 1995 and their shirt colour is red. The capacity of the Riverside Stadium is 34,742. Middlesbrough impressed in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and they did really well to secure promotion to the English top flight. Newcastle United and Sunderland are regarded as the club’s main rivals, but there is a rivalry with Leeds United as well. Middlesbrough made it to the FA Cup final in 1997, but Chelsea proved to be a big catch for the Boro in the title game (0-2). However, the Riverside Stadium outfit did remarkably well to win the League Cup trophy in 2004, with the team beating Bolton Wanderers in the final. George Boateng, Stewart Downing, Juninho Paulista, Gareth Southgate, Jonathan Woodgate, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Tuncay Sanli and Hamilton Ricard are the star footballers who left their mark at Middlesbrough.