Our match prediction:
Newcomers Middlesbrough will be looking to give fans some cheer on their return to the Premier League when they welcome Stoke City at their Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Boro played out a goalless draw against Real Sociedad in their final warm-up game and they are on a three-game unbeaten run ahead of the visit of Stoke City. The Potters finished the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign in ninth position in the standings and they have even bigger ambitions for the upcoming season. Coach Mark Hughes did not make too many changes to the squad in the summer transfer window, but the likes of Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Bojan, Imbula and Afellay are still part of the team and we predict that the visitors are going to pick up all three points from Saturday’s football match. Joe Allen is the club’s biggest signing and the former Liverpool midfielder is widely expected to help the Potters improve their game.
Highligted Player (Stuani):
Christian Stuani is considered one of the best Uruguay attackers. Stuani was born on 12 October, 1986 and he began his senior career at Danubio. He impressed with the Uruguayan outfit, scoring 23 goals in 36 appearances for the club and, as a result, he became a target for a number of top European clubs. In 2008 he signed a contract with Reggina, but he failed to impress in 17 appearances for the Italian team. After spending the 2012/2013 season on loan at Espanyol, Christian Stuani signed a permanent deal with the Catalan side in 2013. Stuani scored 12 goals in 37 league appearances for Espanyol in the 2014/2015 Primera Division campaign, but at the end of the season he moved to Middlesbrough for a reported €3 million fee. The 186-cm-tall striker made his Uruguay debut on 14 November, 2012 in a friendly win over Poland. Stuani also represented la Celeste at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Highlighted Team (Stoke City):
Stoke City FC (named Stoke FC until 1925) is an Enlgish football club from the city Stoke-on-Trent (located in the north of England). De club was founded in the year 1863 and next to Notts County FC the club from Stoke is the oldest professional football club worldwide. Different signs of Stoke City show that the club is foundedin1868. Currently Stoke City is playing in the Premier League. The home games of Stoke City are hosted in the Britania Stadium which holds a capacity for 29 000 spectators. The most known nickname of Stoke City FC is the Potters. The main club colors of the club are red and white. The away it is colored in blue. The only 3 prizes Stoke City managed to win so far are the League Cup in 1972 and the Football League Trophy twice (1992 and 2000). Famous players that played for Stoke City FC are: Ameobi, Gudjonhsen and Peter Crouch.