Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
Gewiss Stadium will host Thursday’s Coppa Italia game between Atalanta and Fiorentina. The Orobici failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Cagliari at the weekend, and, no doubt, they are eyeing an instant return to winning ways. Duvan Zapata, who is back from international duty, should be recalled to the starting XI, as well as January signing Jeremie Boga.
The Viola have been struggling in the Serie A ever since top scorer Dusan Vlahovic joined Juventus, and we predict that the Serbia attacker is going to be sorely missed in the remainder of the season. Fiorentina are not regarded as good travelers, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Atalanta’s party at Gewiss Stadium. New signing Krzysztof Piatek is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while Ukraine international Miranchuk remains in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Duvan Zapata):
Duvan Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia on 1 April, 1991. The 186-cm-tall attacker started his youth career at America de Cali, playing for the club between 2004 and 2008. In 2008 he made his debut for the first team and three years later he scored his first hat-trick for the Colombian outfit, in a 3-2 win over Deportivo Pereira.
In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Estudiantes and he found the net for the Argentine team on his debut against Belgrano. After scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for Estudiantes, the Colombian striker joined Napoli in 2013, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice attacker.
On 22 July, 2015 Zapata joined fellow Serie A team Udinese on loan and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 24 league appearances for the Zebrette. Duvan Zapata has 5 caps for Colombia U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
Highlighted Team (Fiorentina):
AC Fiorentina was founded on 29th of August in 1926 after a fusion between Libertas and CS Firenze. Currently Fiorentina is playing his home games in the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence which can accommodate 47282 supporters. The stadium was build in 1931 by Pier Luigi Nervi. De first prize ever won by Fiorentina was the CoppaItalia in the season of 1939/1940. The first Scudetto (name for the Serie A title) was in 1955/1956. One of the most important players in that season was the Brazilian Juninho. In 1996 he was rewarded as the best player in club history.
One year later Fiorentina lost the semi finals in the European Cup 1 against Real Madrid. During that period of time Fiorentina won the Europan Cup 2 against Glasgow Rangers and the Coppa Italia as well. In total Fiorentina won the league title twice.
Important football players that played for Fiorentina are: Batistuta, Baggio, Effenberg, Laudrup, Mijatovic and Rui Costa.