Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a thrilling 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, Sunderland take on Southampton at their Stadium of Ligth on Saturday afternoon. The Black Cats regained a much-needed confidence and a win over Claude Puel’s troops could see the relegation-threatened team move away from bottom three. Sunderland often produce much better performances in the second half of the season, but it remains to be seen if they are capable of securing yet another Premier League survival. Experienced attacker Jermain Defoe scored a brace in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace and the former Tottenham ace is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Southampton, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Swansea City and West Ham United in previous two league fixtures and they aim to put an end to get back on course. Both teams are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football game and we predict that both teams will find the net on Matchday 25.
Highlighted Player (Paddy McNair):
Following in the footsteps of his compatriot Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair joined the Manchester United academy in 2011 and he was surprisingly handed first team debut by Louis van Gaal at the start of the 2014/2015 season. Despite his fragile age, the talented central defender has been putting in some very mature performances ever since, and everything suggests he could go on to become an important player at Old Trafford in years to come. After representing a number of youth sides, McNair made his first appearance for the Northern Ireland senior national team in a March 2015 friendly vs Scotland, before making another three outings as his side secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals. Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill surprisingly played McNair in holding midfield in the March 2016 friendly vs Wales. After the youngster impressed in the middle of the park, O’Neill went on to suggest that the Manchester United starlet may be used in midfield rather than defence in years to come in the national team.
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.