Our football match prediction:
Following three consecutive defeats in the league, Crotone shared the spoils with Genoa at the weekend. The 18th-placed team do not seem capable of escaping the relegation zone and, as things stand now, the newcomers are likely to drop to the Serie B at the end of the season. Crotone failed to score in three of their previous four games in the Serie A and we predict that fans will see a low-scoring affair in Sunday’s football match against Empoli. The Azzurri did well to beat Udinese in their last league fixture, with the team managing to keep their third consecutive clean sheet in the Italian top flight. The visitors are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Sunday’s clash against Crotone and there is every chance one goal will separate the two teams at Stadio Ezio Scida. Empoli are more of a team than Crotone and away win should be considered.
Highligted Player (Claiton):
Claiton Machado dos Santos is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Serie A side Crotone. Claiton was born in Santa Helena de Goias on 7 September, 1984 and his main position in centre back. However, he is capable of playing as a left back if needed. The Brazilian defender began his youth career at Bologna, but Milan scouts brought him to Stadio San Siro in 2002. Claiton played for the likes of Varese, Bari and Chievo at senior level before joining Crotone in 2014 on a free transfer. He played for the likes of Prato and Lecco from 2004 to 2006 on loan as well. Claiton is a Brazilian footballer, but he has yet to make his debut for the national team. It has to be noted that he illegible to play for Italy as well. His contract with Crotone expires on 30 June, 2017. His market value in June, 2016 was €500,000.
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.