Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Empoli will be looking to escape the relegation zone when they take on Fiorentina in the Serie A round 23. The Azzurri have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating Monza 3-0, while sharing the spoils with Juventus. Empoli are eager to move away from the bottom three and they are surely capable of making life difficult for Genoa in front of home fans. Tommaso Baldanzi should be recalled to the starting XI after scoring the equalizer against “the Old Lady”, while all Francesco Caputo, Mattia Destro, Tyronne Ebuehi, and Simone Bastoni are out of contention with injuries.
The Rossoblu, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Salernitana and Lecce. Genoa, though, are not regarded as good travellers, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the relegation strugglers. The likes of Messias, Haps, and Martin are out of contention with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Kevin Strootman):
After starting his senior career at Sparta Rotterdam, Kevin Strootman joined fellow Dutch side Utrecht in 2011. The defensive midfielder, who was born on February 13, 1990 in Ridderkerk, Netherlands, then moved to PSV where he established himself as a first-team regular. Strootman was then spotted by AS Roma scouts and in 2013 he decided to take a step forward in his career by joining the Giallorossi.
On March 9, 2014, the Dutch footballer sustained a serious knee injury that made him miss the remainder of the 2013/2014 Serie A season. He missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well, but he returned to contention on November 9, 2014. Kevin Strootman played for Roma until August 28 when he signed a five-year contract with Olympique Marseille.
Speaking of his international career, Strootman made his Netherlands debut against Austria in 2011 and he scored his first ever goal for the Dutch national team in Euro 2012 qualifier against Finland. Kevin Strootman’s preferred foot is right.
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 its home games in the Stadio Carlo Castellani which holds a capacity of 19 847 seats. The home colors of Empoli FC are blue and white. The Empoli Ultra’s are called Rangers 1976 and are feared in Italy.
Empoli FC didn’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.