Our football match prediction:
Stoke City will be looking to bounce back from a heavy loss to Tottenham Hotspur when they square off against Middlesbrough at their Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Potters experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 4-0 loss to Mauro Pochettino’s troops, but it is well known that they are not regarded as good travelers. Mark Hughes’ men are on a seven-game unbeaten run at home in the Premier League and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s football match against Middlesbrough. The Boro suffered a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace in the relegation six-pointer and you should bear in mind that they are on a 13-game winless run on the road in all competitions. Aitor Karanka’s charges aim to escape the danger zone, but seeing that Stoke City are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the hosts will return to winning ways on Matchday 27.
Highlighted Player (Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe. Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon. Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
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.