Our football match prediction:
Empoli will be aiming to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Roma when they square off against Pescara at their Stadio Carlo Castellani. The Azzurri produced a fine display in the Stadio Olimpico clash and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s football match against the rock-bottom team. Empoli are on a seven-game losing run in the Serie A and this has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts. Giovanni Martusciello’s troops are only five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Matchday 31, but they are definitely capable of beating the Delfini at home ground. Pescara did well to hold Milan to a 1-1 draw at the weekend, but it has to be noted that the Rossoneri head 26 goal attempts during the match. Anyhow, Zdenek Zeman’s men struggle on the travels and we predict that they will return home empty-handed.
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 (Pescara):
Pescara are an Italian football club that play in the Serie A. The Delfini (The Dolphins) returned to the Italian top flight at the end of the 2015/2016 season and it has to be noted that they competed in six seasons in the elite division (1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13). Pescara play their home matches at Stadio Adriatico, the stadium that was opened in 1955 and renovated in 2009. The club’s main rivals are Lazio and Verona, but the likes of Chieti, Virtus and L’Aquila are considered Pescara’s bitter rivals as well. Vicenza and Messina are regarded as Gemellaggi (Twinning) with Pescara. Delfini have yet to win the Serie A trophy, but it has to be noted that they won the Serie B twice (1986/1987, 2011/2012). The colour of Pescara’s home kit is white and blue, while the team’s away kit is dark blue.