Our football match prediction:
Empoli will be aiming to extend their winning run at home to four games when they take on Torino at their Stadio Carlo Castellani on Sunday. The Azzurri managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last three home fixtures in the Italian elite division, but Sunday’s football match against Il Toro will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s charges are on a four-match winless run in the league and they need to return to winning ways as soon as possible if they are to finish the season in top five. Torino are after their third away win of the season, but seeing that Empoli are tough to beat at Stadio Carlo Castellani, we predict that the two teams will share the spoils on day 23. It has to be noted that the two sides played out a goalless draw in Turin earlier this season.
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 (Torino):
Torino Football Club is an Italian football club from Turin. The club was founded in 1906 as the result of a fusion between different football clubs. Because of different financial trouble the club is named FC Torino in 2005. Torino FC is hosting their games in Stadio Grande Torino which holds a capacity of 28 000.The biggest rival of Torino FC is Juventus which is one of the biggest clubs in the world however Torino FC holds more fans in Turin than their bigger brother Juventus. Torino FC has a big football history as well. During the glory times of the club Torino won the Serie A 7 times and the Coppa Italia 5 times. Known nicknames for Torino FC are Granata and Toro. The most famous playerrs that have a Torino FC history are: Hakan Sukur, Kieft, Maldini, Falcone and Baron.