Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
Stadio Artemio Franchi will host Wednesday’s football match between Fiorentina and Sampdoria, who square off against each other in the Italian Cup last 16. The Viola did well to hold star-studded Napoli to a goalless draw at Stadio San Paolo at the weekend and you should bear in mind that they are on a four-game unbeaten run in the Serie A. Fiorentina aim to kick off their Coppa Italia campaign in style and we predict they will adopt an attack-minded approach against Sampdoria. La Samp have been producing fine displays in the Italian top flight this season, but they are not considered good travelers and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. When the two teams met in Florence in the Serie A earlier this term Sampdoria defeated Fiorentina and, no doubt, the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Vincent Laurini):
Vincent Laurini started his senior career at the age of 19 as he played for Italy amateur club Fossombrone. The full-back made 54 league appearances for the club between 2008 and 2010 and during that period Carpi scouts spotted him. He signed for Carpi in 2010 and one year later he signed a new five-year deal with Biancorossi. Laurini played 57 games for Carpi and in 2012 he decided to move to Empoli. The Empoli full-back was born in Thionville, France, but he is eligible to play for both France and Italy. Laurini wears No. 2 shirt for the Azzurri and he made 25 league appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. He scored one goal for Empoli during the season as he helped the team pick up one point from the match against Sampdoria. Despite being right-footed, he is capable of playing as a left-back. Laurini’s contract with Empoli expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Sampdoria):
Sampdoria is an Italian football club from Genoa which is currently playing in the highest Italian football division: the Serie A. The club colours of Sampdoria are blue and white and is known under the nickname Blucerchiati. Sampdoria host it’s home games in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which is located in Genua. Interesting detail is that their biggest city rival Genoa is playing their home games in Stadio Luigi Ferraris as well. In the past Samdporia was playing in the Serie B and Serie A on and off. After the big successes in the end of the eighties the club became a stable team in the Serie A. Sampdoria managed to win the Scudetto once in 1991, the Coppa Italia 4 times in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1994 and the Europe Cup II in 1990. There are a lot of important players in football history that played for Sampdoria such as: Seedorf, Gullit, Mancini, Poli, Vieri, Zenga, Falcone, Karembeu, Vialli, Klinsmann and Veron.