Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Cagliari are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Fiorentina. The Rossoblu extended their winning run to three matches at the weekend, with the team beating Inter at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Massimo Rastelli’s men climbed to eighth place in the Serie A standings, but they do not want to stop now. Over the years Cagliari have turned their Stadio Sant’Elia into a real fortress and given that their next rivals Fiorentina are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the hosts will find the net in Sunday’s football game. The Viola are on a four-game winless run in the national championship, but Paulo Sousa’s troops gave fans some cheer on Thursday night as they outplayed Slovan Liberec in their third group game in the Europa League. Nikola Kalinic scored a brace in the Europa League clash, meaning that Cagliari defenders should have him at bay. Taking everything into account, both teams should score in the Stadio Sant’Elia clash.
Highlighted Player (Joao Pedro):
Joao Pedro played for Atletico Mineiro during his youth career and he made no less than 11 appearances for the club at senior level. The Brazilian footballer, who was born on 9 March, 1992 in Ipatinga, signed a deal with Palermo on 30 August, 2010 and he made his debut for the Sicilian outfit in the Serie A on 17 January, 2011.
He came as a substitute to replace Josip Ilicic in a 3-1 defeat to Cagliari. On 29 January, 2011 he joined Vitoria Guimaraes on loan and on 19 August he was loaned to Penarol of Uruguay. After ending his loan spell with the Uruguayan team, the Brazilian midfielder joined Santos and he played 10 games for the Brazilian team.
On 1 July he signed a contract with Estoril and he moved to Cagliari at the end of the season. Joao Pedro has 11 caps for Brazil U17 and he scored one goal for the national team.
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.