Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Empoli will host the 18th round of the Italian Serie A in the Carlo Castellani Stadium against the current leader of the league Inter Milan. Inter Milan was unable to beat Lazio Roma in their last game and lost surprisingly in the last couple of minutes 1-2. Despite their lost Inter Milan will start the new year as the leader of the Serie A having 36 points out of 17 games. Empoli on the other hand did well in the first half of the season; as one of the teams with the lowest budget Empoli is placed 8th and if the teams can keep up their current form might get involved into the race for a Europa League ticket. Previous confrontations between both teams show that Inter clearly is the better team. We predict a rough afternoon for Inter Milan but should be able to win the 3 points. Roberto Mancini would love to win this seasons Scudetto.
Highlighted Player (Ivan Perisic):
Ivan Perisic is a Croatian football player born on 2nd of February 1989 in Split. Perisic started his football career in the youth of Hajduk Split where FC Sochaux discovered him by a very young age. After playing for FC Sochaux, Club Brugge, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg Inter Milan transferred him for approximately 17 million euro.
Perisic made his debut for the Croatian national team in 2011. Perisic played in all big tournaments so far such as the EURO 2012 and the World Cup 2014. In several EURO 2016 qualification matches Perisic was the captain of the national team.
Perisic is known for being a strong right-footed attacking midfielder. Because of his strength and vision it’s hard to win a duel against Perisic. One of Perisic’ biggest weaknesses is his lack of technique which is required to play for the biggest football clubs. Perisic won several prizes in his career but didn’t always play a big role in them. In season 2010/2011 Perisic was topscorer of the highest Belgian football division scoring 22 goals.
Highlighted Team (Inter Milan):
Internazionale Milano, known as Internazionale, Inter or Inter named Milan, is a football club from Italy, founded on March 9, 1908 by a number of "rebels" who did not like in the regulations of the Milan Cricket and Football Club, now known as AC Milan. The main objection was that no foreign players were allowed. In 1928 the club merged with US Milanese and strongly entered a time when Ambrosiana-Inter survived.
The club, nicknamed the Nerazzurri or the blue / blacks has had many successes. This is how Inter Milan won 18 national titles, seven times the Italian Cup, the UEFA Cup 3x, and 3x times the Champions League, formerly known as the European Cup I.