Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Monday’s football game between Nottingham Forest and Southampton will bring down the curtain on the Premier League round 35. The Reds aim to recover from a 2-1 loss to Brentford and a win over the rock-bottom side should see them escape the relegation zone. Andre Ayew is pushing for a recall to the starting XI, while all Henderson, McKenna, Williams, Boly, Biancone, Scarpa, and Colback remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The Saints, on the other hand, are low on confidence following back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Newcastle United and given their shaky defence, Forest will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways in the English top flight. Both Ainsley Maintland-Niles and Che Adams are pushing for a start, while all Perraud, Livramento, Larios, and Salisu remain on the sidelines with injuries for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Jack Colback):
After spending nine years at Sunderland youth academy, Jack Colback signed a loan deal with Ipswich Town on 6 August, 2009. The left-footed midfielder, who is capable of playing at left back as well, made 37 appearances for the Championship side, scoring four goals in the English second tier.
Against all odds, Colback decided to sign for Sunderland’s bitterest rivals Newcastle United on 9 June, 2014 and it has to be noted he became the first player to move directly from Sunderland to Newcastle since 1998 when Lionel Perez did the same. In 2015 Sunderland fans created a sick banner depicting Colback hanging with a noose around his neck and that caused uproar on social media.
Colback and his teammates from Newcastle dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season, but he decided not to leave the club. Colback scored 5 goals in 64 appearances for Newcastle United in the Premier League. He is well known for his passing skills, he rarely gives the ball away and journalist often compare him with Italy ace Andrea Pirlo.
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.