Our football match prediction:
Thanks to Ross Barkley’s late goal Everton shared the spoils with Hull City at KCOM Stadium on Friday. The Toffees remained in the top half of the Premier League standings, but they are 11 points behind top five. Ronald Koeman’s men are definitely capable of improving their game and it remains to be seen if they are capable of beating Southampton at home in their first match of the new year. Southampton, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs this season, but despite suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and WBA, Claude Puel’s charges finished the first half of the season in top 10. The Saints are desperate to grab something from Monday’s football match against Everton, but beating the Toffees at Goodison Park is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, the two teams seem to be evenly matched and we predict that they are going to share the spoils on Matchday 20.
Highlighted Player (Enner Valencia):
Enner Valencia is a prolific 26-year-old striker who plays for West Ham United in the English Premier League. Nicknamed “Superman”, Valencia started his career with Emelec in 2010. He enjoyed league success with Emelec and was awarded the “Copa Sudamericana Golden Boot” in 2013. He also played for Pachuca in Mexico winning the Liga MX Golden Boot in 2014. His goal-scoring record and pace caught the attention of West Ham which bought him for an estimated £12 million in July 2014. At international level, Valencia made his debut in 2012 and has represented the country in 24 games so far. He is one of Ecuador’s top ten goal scorers of all time with 14 goals. He has already represented Ecuador at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Copa America tournaments. Enner Valencia is Ecuador’s joint top scorer – along with Agustin Delgado – in World Cup tournaments with three goals.
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.