Our football match prediction:
Northern Ireland did remarkably well to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France and they want to participate at the next year’s World Cup finals as well. The Green and White Army have been producing fine performances in the 2018 WC qualifiers and they sit in second place in Group C ahead of Monday’s football match against Czech Republic. Northern Ireland are tough to beat at home and seeing that a victory over Karel Jarolim’s team would see them cement second position in their qualifying group, we predict that Michael O’Neill’s men are going to emerge triumphant in Monday’s clash. Czech Republic have been having their ups and downs in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors this time out. Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill is likely to stick to the 5-3-2 formation.
Highlighted Player (Lafferty):
Daniel Lafferty is a Northern Ireland footballer who plays for Burnley. He signed a deal with Celtic in 2006, but was never handed a first-team debut for the Scottish giants. In 2010 he joined Derry City and it has to be noted that he scored seven goals in 46 appearances for the Irish outfit. Two years later, on 30 January 2012, Lafferty signed contract with Burnley for an undisclosed fee. The left back made no more than one appearance for the Clarets in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign and, as a result, he decided to join Rotherham United on a one-month loan in March, 2015. Seven months later he was sent on loan to Oldham Athletic and he played 15 matches for the League One club. Nonetheless, he returned to Burnley in 2016. Daniel Lafferty made his Northern Ireland debut on 2 June, 2012 in a 6-0 defeat to Netherlands. However, he did not make the Northern Ireland roster for the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Czech Republic):
Czech Republic national team is the natural successor of the Czechoslovakia side that dominated world football during the 20th century, winning one European Championship trophy and coming second at 1934 and 1962 World Cups. After the separation of the country in 1992, Czech Republic continued the proud tradition by qualifying for each of the next six European Championship finals, losing to Germany in the final of the 1996 tournament. The Czechs also reached the last eight at the 2012 finals, but their World Cup record of late is pretty disappointing. Since separating from Slovakia, Czech Republic only qualified for one of five World Cup finals. The 1996 generation, featuring players like Pavel Nedved, Karel Poborsky and Patrik Berger, will forever remained etched in the fans’ memory, while the likes of Milan Baros, Jan Koller, Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky are some of the other notable footballers. Highly rated goalkeeper Petr Cech is the team’s most capped player, whereas towering forward Jan Koller tops the goalscoring charts with 55 strikes in 91 games.