Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
All eyes will be on Stadio Artemio Franchi when Fiorentina and Genk square off against each other in an eagerly-awaited Conference League game on Thursday evening. The Viola aim to recover from a 1-0 loss to Milan and a triumph over Genk will see them book their spot in the Conference League knockout stages. Luca Ranieri is back from the Serie A ban, while the likes of Castrovilli, Dodo, and Kayode remain on the sidelines with injuries.
Genk, on the other hand, aim to remain undefeated in Group F, but seeing that Fiorentina have turned “Artemio Franchi” into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Belgium with their hands empty. Genk forward Toluwalase Arokodare is back from suspension, while Wouter Vrancken has no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip to Florence. Earlier in the process the two teams played out a 2-2 draw at Cegeka Arena, but home win should be considered this time out.
Highlighted Player (Patrik Hrosovsky):
Born in Prievidza, Czechoslovakia, Patrik Hrosovsky is a midfielder who plays for Viktoria Plzen. Patrik Hrosovsky started his youth career at his hometown club Prievidza and he played for the youth team of Trencin as well before joining Viktoria Plzen.
The Slovakian footballer has been playing for the Viktorka ever since, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Sokolov, Usti nad Labem and Znojmo on loan as well. Patrik Hrosovsky made his Slovakia debut on November 19, 2014 in a friendly game against Finland.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder as well. Hrosovsky has yet to find the net with the Slovakia national football team, but he found the net for the U21 team in a 7-1 win over Luxembourg at the 2015 European Championship. He has a contract with Viktoria Plzen which expires on June 30, 2019.
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.