Our football match prediction:
As expected, Stoke City failed to upset Arsenal in Saturday’s football match at Emirates Stadium. The Potters, though, produced a fine performance in the 3-1 defeat to Arsene Wenger’s troops and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Southampton. Stoke City aim to retain their spot in top ten, but seeing that the Saints have been impressive at the back this season, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. Claude Puel’s men failed to make it to the Europa League last 16, but they gave fans some cheer at the weekend, with the team beating Middlesbrough in their last league fixture. Southampton are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but their away record is anything but brilliant and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to share the spoils with Mark Hughes’ team at Britannia Stadium.
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 (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.