Our football match prediction:
Stadio Carlo Castellani will host the match between Empoli and Chievo. The Mussi Volanti failed to impress in a 3-1 loss to Milan at the weekend and, as a result, they dropped to sixth place in the Serie A standings. Chievo aim to start a new winning run in the Italian top flight, but beating Empoli on the road is easier said than done. The Azzurri are eyeing their second win of the season and, no doubt, the hosts will leave their hearts on the field in Sunday’s football game. A win over Chievo would see Empoli escape the relegation zone and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The Azzurri are on a five-game winless run in the Serie A, but the clash against the Mussi Volanti could be the turning point for Giovanni Martuschiello’s charges. Experienced attacker Alberto Gilardino is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
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 (Chievo Verona):
Associazione Calcio Chievo Verona shortly Chievo Verona is an Italian football club founded in 1929 and is currently active in the Serie A. The club is hosting it’s games in the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi which holds a capacity for 42 000 football fans. Chievo Verona shares the stadium with their city rivals Hellas Verona. After a couple of years playing in the Serie B the club from Verona managed to reach the Serie A in 2009/2010. Since the club is active in the Serie A the best performance was in the season 2011/2012 where Chievo Verona was able to end 10th on the Serie A table.Chievo Verona never managed to reach the group stage in a European top league. In the past Chievo got knocked out several times in the UEFA cup qualifiers and one time in the Champions League qualification stage. Known players that wore the Chievo Verona kit in their career are: Amauri, Brighi, Perrotta and Barzagli