Our football match prediction:
Empoli have been impressive at the back of late. The Azzurri recorded a 1-0 win over Palermo in the relegation six-pointer on Matchday 19 and they head into Sunday’s football game against Udinese following a goalless draw with Sampdoria. Empoli are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against the Zebrette and we predict that they will keep their third consecutive clean sheet in the Serie A. It is well known that the Azzurri are tough to beat at home and there is every chance Giovanni Martusciello’s men will register their third consecutive win at their Stadio Carlo Castellani. Udinese, on the other hand, failed to upset Roma in their last league match and the mid-table side certainly face a difficult task against Empoli. When the two teams met in Udine in the reverse fixture Luigi Delneri’s team recorded a 2-0 win over Giovanni Martusciello’s charges, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highligted 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 (Udinese):
Udinese Calcio was founded in 1986 as a part of the Societa Udinesedi Ginnastica. Until the season 1929 the club from Udine was playing in the regional divisions of Italy. In the year 1929 the club was allowed to participate in the Serie B (second highest Italian football division). In 1950 Udinese managed to reach the Serie A. After 5 years the club got downgraded back to the Serie A. After a hectic period Udinese managed to stay in the Serie A since 1995. The best performance of Udinese was in the season 1954/1955 where the club from Udine managed to end second on the table. The only prizes that Udinese won are the Serie B title, Serie C title and the UEFA Intertoto cup. Currently Udinese is playing their games in the Stadio Friuli. The most known nicknames for the club are Bianconeri and Zebrette.Some very known players have ever played for Udinese such as: Bierhoff, Amoroso, Di Natale, Alexis SAnhez and Dino Zoff.