Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
Fiorentina will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Lecce when they host Cittadella at their Stadio Artemio Franchi. Seeing that the Viola have been struggling in the Serie A this season, we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Tuesday’s Coppa Italia game. Fiorentina are eager to give fans some cheer, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Serie B side.
A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be experienced midfielder Franck Ribery as Federico Chiesa is sidelined with injury. The Citta are determined to secure the Serie A survival, meaning that head coach Roberto Venturato is unlikely to field the best possible side against Fiorentina. When the two teams met in the Coppa Italia in 2011 Fiorentina defeated Cittadella 2-1, and we believe that history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Khouma Babacar):
Born in Thies, Senegal on March 17, 1993, Khouma Babacar is a striker who started his youth career at Rail at the age of 12. In 2007 he moved to Pescara, but he stayed at the club’s football school for only one year. In 2008 Khouma Babacar joined Fiorentina youth academy and he continued playing for the Viola at senior level.
Before joining Sassuolo in 2018, the Senegal international played for the likes of Racing Santander, Padova and Modena on loan and after scoring 7 goals in 29 appearances in the Serie A for the Neroverdi, the 191-cm-tall forward moved to Lecce.
Babacar made his debut for the Giallorossi in the Serie A in a 2-1 win at Torino, coming as a substitute for Gianluca Lapadula in the second half of the game. The Lecce centre-forward made his debut for Senegal on March 27, 2017 in a friendly with Ivory Coast.
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.