Our football match prediction:
Milan were on the verge of suffering a loss to their bitter rivals Inter in the Derby della Madonnina at the weekend, but they showed character and came from two goals behind to share the spoils with the Nerazzurri at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The Rossoneri have been producing fine performances under Vincenzo Montella and thanks to the 2-2 draw with Inter they stayed in the race for a place in the Europa League. Milan are two points behind top six and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s football match against Empoli. The Azzurri did remarkably well to beat Fiorentina in the local derby at the weekend, with the team putting an end to their nine-game winless run in the Italian top flight. Giovanni Martusciello’s men regained a much-needed confidence, but they will have a big fish to fry in the game against Milan. Empoli have been struggling on the road this season and we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Zapata):
The versatile Cristian Zapata is a defender who usually plays as a centre back but can be deployed at full-back on either sides. Although he is naturally right-footed, Zapata is equally skillful with both feet which aids his versatility. Currently plying his trade in Serie A with AC Milan, he started his senior professional career with Deportivo Cali. He later moved to the Serie A club Udinese in 2005 ending up playing 168 games across six seasons with the club. In 2011, he moved to Spain with Villarreal but his stint was short-lived as he came back to Italy next season on loan with Milan. He signed permanently for Milan in 2013. Zapata has been a Colombian senior international since 2008 and was a member of their 2011 Copa America and 2014 World Cup squads. The 29-year-old is generally solid at the back and quick on the counter making him a menace on the wings.
Highlighted Team (Empoli):
Empoli FC (Empoli Football Club 1920 SpA) is an Italian football club founded in 1920 and is currently active in the Italian Serie A. The club is playing in the Serie A since 2014/2015 and hosts it’s home games in the Stadio Carlo Castellani which holds a capacity of 19 847 seats. The home colours of Empoli FC are blue and white. The Empoli Ultra’s are called Rangers 1976 and are feared in Italy. Empoli FCdidn’t win any major prizes in the clubs history. The clubs biggest achievement in the history was in 2004/2005 where the club finished first in the Serie B (the second highest football division). Because of a matchfixing scandal the title was given away to Genoa CFC. Empoli FC played in the UEFA Cup once in season 2007/2008 but got knocked out in the first round by FC Zurich.The are several famous players that played for Empoli FC like Birindelli, Bresciano, Di Natale and Luca Toni.