Our football match prediction:
Following a disappointing draw with Hapoel Be’er Sheva which saw Southampton miss out on a place in the Europa League 32, the Saints will certainly leave their hearts on the field in Sunday's football game against Middlesbrough in order to give fans some cheer. Claude Puel’s men suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace in their last league match and, no doubt, situation at St. Mary’s is alarming ahead of the visit of Aitor Karanka’s troops. Boro recorded a hard-fought win over Hull City on Monday and thanks to the triumph the newcomers climbed to 13th place in the Premier League standings. With no more than two points separating Southampton and Middlesbrough in the table, we predict that fans will see a close encounter on Sunday afternoon. Nonetheless, it is well known that the Saints are regarded as good hosts and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Dusan Tadic (who returns from injury) and Co. this time out.
Highlighted Player (Jose Fonte):
Born in Penafiel in 1983, Jose Miguel de Rocha Fonte spent his early career in the lower divisions of the Portugal’s league system, and while he did join giants Benfica in 2006, he never made a single league appearance for the Eagles. The loan spell with Crystal Palace proved crucial for the towering defender as he later secured a permanent move to Selhurst Park, performing well in three Championship campaigns. Fonte then surprised everyone when he joined League One side Southampton, but that would prove to be the best decision he has ever made, as he helped the Saints return to the Premier League before establishing himself as one of the leading central defenders in the elite division. Rated for his aerial ability, but also quite capable on the ground, Jose Fonte even caught the eye of England’s top clubs, although a big club move never materialised for him. The late bloomer eventually played himself into the first team plans of Portugal coach Fernando Santos, making his Selecao debut at the age of 30.
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.