Our match prediction:
Sunday’s football game at Stadio Carlo Castellani sees Empoli and Sampdoria face each other at the start of the season. Empoli did well to beat Vicenza in the Italian Cup at the weekend and they will be looking to build on the triumph when they face Sampdoria in their Serie A opener. The team’s main goal is to secure yet another top flight survival, but they are on a very difficult quest. Sampdoria struggled in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign and, no doubt, they have big ambitions for the 2016/2017 season. Marco Giampaolo’s team recorded a 3-0 win over Bassano Virtus in Coppa Italia, but beating Empoli on the road is easier said than done. The Azzurri are capable of making life difficult even for top-table sides when playing on home soil and we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s encounter against Sampdoria.
Highligted Player (Fernando):
Fernando Lucas Martins began his football career at Gremio, making his debut for the club on 24 January, 2010 against Veranopolis Sports Club. Fernando played 69 league games for Gremio and in 2013 he signed a deal with Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk. The defensive midfielder, who is a capable of playing as a central midfielder as well, made 27 league appearances for the Miners, scoring two goals for the club between 2013 and 2015. On 6 July, 2015, the Brazilian footballer joined Sampdoria for a fee of €8 million and he played 35 games for La Samp in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. Fernando, though, left the club at the end of the season as he signed a contract with Russian side Spartak Moscow. The former Sampdoria midfielder won the 2009 South American U17 Football Championship with Brazil, while clinching the South American Youth Championship with Brazil U20. Fernando did well to win Campeonato Gaucho with Gremio (2010) and he helped Shakhtar clinch the 2013/2014 Ukrainian Premier League trophy.
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.