Our football match prediction:
Stoke City did not kick off the new Premier League campaign in style, but the Potters have been producing excellent performances in the national championship of late. Following three consecutive wins over the likes of Sunderland, Hull City and Swansea City, Stoke City played out a 1-1 draw with West Ham United in London, with the team extending their unbeaten run in the league to seven games. Mark Hughes’ men welcome Bournemouth at their Bet365 Stadium on Matchday 12 and seeing that the Cherries have been struggling to find their best form of late, we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Saturday’s football match. Bournemouth suffered a 2-1 loss to relegation strugglers Sunderland at their Vitality Stadium in their last league fixture and they are unlikely to spoil Stoke City’s party at Bet365 Stadium. A man to watch in the home team will be Xherdan Shaqiri, who has been in a splendid form of late.
Highlighted Player (Shaqiri):
Another impressive player who emigrated to Switzerland, Xherdan Shaqiri is a midfielder with excellent technical qualities, very strong in taking players on and creating chances for his teammates, while also being a danger from set pieces. The Serbian-born footballer formed an excellent midfielder pairing with Granit Xhaka at FC Basel, before making a high-profile move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012. Shaqiri went on to prove a great deal of potential at Allianz Arena, scoring 11 goals in 52 Bundesliga matches, but he decided to leave in search of first team football, first joining Inter Milan and then moving to Stoke City. It was at Britannia Stadium that the attacking midfielder rediscovered his form and if he continues playing at such a high level, it won’t be long before he returns to the biggest stage. Even when he was not playing regularly at club level, Shaqiri would always reserve his best performances for the national team, as witnessed by 17 goals in first 50 caps. The midfielder was especially impressive at the 2014 World Cup finals, where he scored no fewer than three goals.
Highlighted Team (Bournemouth):
Bournemouth are a professional football club that was formed back in 1890. The Cherries secured promotion to the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season, with the team making it to the English top flight for the first time ever. Bournemouth play their home games at Dean Court and the capacity of the stadium is 11,469. The Cherries enjoyed a very successful season on their Premier League debut, with the team beating the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the national championship. Glenn Murray scored the winner for Bournemouth in the 1-0 win over the capital club at Stamford Bridge and that is probably the greatest victory in the club’s history. Bournemouth have been participating in the FA Cup since 1913, but they have yet to win the trophy in the prestigious competition. It has to be noted that the club’s original name Boscombe Athletic Football Club was changed to Bournemouth back in 1923 as the club owners wanted the Cherries to be more representative of the district.