Our football match prediction:
Thanks to back-to-back wins over PAOK Qarabag joined the race for a place in the Europa League last 32, but they were totally outplayed by Slovan Liberec in their penultimate group game. However, despite suffering the loss to Jindrich Trpisovsky’s troops at Stadion u Nisy, Qarabag stayed in second place in Group J. The Azeri outfit face a do-or-die situation in Thursday’s football game against Fiorentina and seeing that the Viola have already clinched top position in the standings, we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from the match. Qarabag suffered a heavy 5-1 loss to Fiorentina at Stadio Artemio Franchi and, no doubt, Qurban Qurbanov’s men will fight tooth and nail in Thursday’s clash in order to get their revenge on the Serie A side. You should bear in mind that the hosts head into the game following a thrilling 5-0 win in the Azerbaijan Cup.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Kalinic):
Nikola Kalinic is a product of Hajduk Split’s youth school. The 187-cm-tall striker scored 32 goals in 59 appearances for Hajduk at senior level and he played for the likes of Pula and Sibenik in Croatia as well. In 2009 he moved to Blackburn Rovers for fee of £6 million. Nikola Kalinic made his Blackburn Rovers debut against Sunderland on 22 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the Riversiders against Peterborough United in the League Cup. After making 44 league appearances for Blackburn Rovers, the Croatian attacker joined Dnipro in 2011 and he played for the Ukrainian outfit until 2015. Kalinic signed a four-year deal with Fiorentina on 15 August, 2015 and he impressed in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign, scoring 12 goals in 36 games. The Fiorentina striker made two appearances for Croatia at the 2016 European Championship in France and it has to be noted that he found the net in a 2-1 win over Spain in the group stages of the competition.
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 accomodate 47282 suppoters. 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 clubchistory.One year later Fiorentina lost the semi finals in the Euopean 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.