Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a thrilling 4-0 win over Udinese, Bologna head into Sunday’s football match against Empoli. The Rossoblu have already secured the top flight survival, but Empoli’s top flight status is in danger. The Azzurri are only four points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Matchday 35 and, no doubt, they are desperate to grab something from the game against Bologna. Empoli did well to beat the likes of Fiorentina and Milan in April and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Bologna. The Rossoblu did crush Udinese at home at the weekend, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired and we predict that the relegation-threatened Azzurri will emerge triumphant in Sunday’s showdown. It has to be noted that Giovanni Martusciello’s men are undefeated in previous four meetings with Bologna and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Massimo Maccarone):
Massimo Maccarone is a product of AC Milan youth academy. The striker, however, did not play for the Rossoneri at senior level as he was sent on loan to Modena in 1998. In 2000 he signed a deal with Empoli and after spending two seasons at the club, he joined English outfit Middlesbrough on 9 July, 2002. The Italian attacker was producing fine displays with Boro and it has to be noted that he scored 24 goals in 80 appearances for the club from 2002 to 2007. In January 2007 he signed for Siena (free transfer and he scored 13 goals in 35 appearances for the club in the 2007/2008 Serie A campaign. Maccarone played for the likes of Palermo and Sampdoria as well and in 2012 he returned to Empoli. The Italian footballer plays as a striker, but he is also capable of playing as a winger. The experienced attacker was born in Galliate on 6 September, 1979. It has to be noted that Maccarone won the English League Cup with Middlesbrough in the 2003/2004 season. He participated in the 2005/2006 UEFA Cup final with Boro as well, but Sevilla proved to be a big catch for the English side back then (0-4).
Highlighted Team (Bologna):
Bologna FC 1909 is an Italian football club founde din 1909 and playing in the Serie A. The club hosts it’s games in the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara which holds a capacity of 40500 seats. The stadium is named after their former chairman. The club plays it’s home games in theStadio Renato Dall’Ara since 1927. The club colours of Bologna are blue and red and is one of the most succesfull football clubs in Italy winning the Serie A 7times and the Coppa Italia 2 times in the clubs history. Lately Bologna is not performing like their glory times anymore. The club is often relegated to the Serie B but manages to get back to the Serie A on and off. Another important person in the club is Joey Saputo, Canadian but with Italian roots, which is owner of Bologna. Well known football players that wore the blue red colours of Bologna in their career are: Falcone, Dokovic, Nakata, Gillet, Pagliuca, Vieri and Zagorakis