Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in Sunday’s local derby West Ham United managed to put an end to their five-game winless run in the Premier League. The Hammers were more than fortunate to pick up all three points from the London derby and it has to be noted that Crystal Palace attacker Christian Benteke missed a penalty in the first half of the match. Anyhow, Slaven Bilic’s team regained a much-needed confidence and they are widely expected to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football game against out-of-sorts Sunderland. The Black Cats suffered a 2-0 loss to Stoke City at Britannia Stadium at the weekend and considering that they struggle on the travels, we predict that the rock-bottom team are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in London West Ham recorded a 1-0 win over Sunderland, with Antonio scoring the winner for the capital club.
Highlighted Player (Payet):
Dimitri Payet was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion on 29 March 1987, but he joined Le Havre’s famous youth academy in 1999 and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise. The attacking midfielder started his professional career at Nantes, but top French clubs soon started casting admiring glances his way and he went on to represent Saint Etienne, Lille and Marseille, becoming one of Ligue 1’s leading footballers. However, it was the move to West Ham that placed Payet on the map as the Frenchman enjoyed a brilliant start to his career in England, making the PFA Player of the Year Shortlist. Some excellent performances in the Premier League persuaded France coach Didier Deschamps to reinstate Payet into his starting line-up and the midfielder paid the coach back with some scintillating displays on international stage. Excellent with the ball at his feet and very dangerous from set pieces, Payet quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top midfielders, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and other top clubs now after his signature.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation. The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sudnerland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Prestson North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.