Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
After rolling over Hearts 3-0 in Scotland, Fiorentina will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when the two teams face each other at Stadio Artemio Franchi on Thursday. The Viola are eager to melt Basaksehir’s advantage in the standings, and they have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Robbie Neilson’s troops. Both Castrovilli and Sottil remain in the recovery room, while Barak and Igor should recover in time to face Hearts.
The Scotts, on the other hand, will be without defender Lewis Neilson this time out as the 19-year-old was sent off in the last group game, while Cameron Devlin is back from a domestic ban. Anyhow, home win should be considered as over the years Fiorentina have turned Stadio Artemio Franchi into a real fortress. All Baningime, Boyce, Halkett, and Rowles are sidelined with injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Christian Kouame):
Christian Kouame is an Ivory Coast international who has been playing for Serie A side Genoa since 2018. Kouame started his youth career at Prato and after ending his loan spells with the likes of Sassuolo and Inter, he returned to Stadio Lungobisenzio.
The 185-cm-tall forward made his professional debut with Prato on September 6, 2015 in a 2-1 loss to Pisa. Christian Kouame started the match, but he was replaced by Alberto Aladje after 66 minutes. The Genoa attacker, though, has yet to earn a call-up for the Ivory Coast national team. He has two caps for the Ivory Coast U23 team, but he is still eyeing his senior team debut.
His main position is centre-forward, but he is used as both left and right winger as well. The Genoa footballer was born in Abijan on December 6, 1997 and he has a contract with the Rossoblu until June 30, 2023.
Highlighted Team (Hearts):
Founded in 1874, Hearts are professional football club that compete in the Scotland Premiership. The Jam Tarts welcome their rivals at Tynecastle Park Gorgie, the stadium which can hold up to 20,000 spectators.
While the original Hearts strip was all white shirts and trousers with maroon trimmings, the club’s current home kit is all maroon with a white-collar. Hearts have won the Scottish Premier League title four times (1894/95, 1896/97, 1957/58, 1959/60), but they have been in Celtic and Rangers’ shadows in the 21st century. Hibernian are considered the club’s fiercest rivals. The two teams first met back in 1875 on Christmas Day, with Hearts winning the match 1-0. The Tynecastle Park Gorgie recorded their biggest win in 1880, with the team rolling over Anchor 21-0 in the FA Cup.
The club’s heaviest defeat came eight years later as Hearts were beaten by Vale of Leven 8-1 in the Scottish Cup. John Robertson is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart, with the left winger netting 214 goals for the club.