Our match prediction:
Out-of-sorts Fiorentina will be aiming to put an end to their six-game losing run when they square off against Chievo on day 2 of the new Serie A campaign. Following five consecutive defeats in warm-up games, the Viola were beaten by Juventus in the opening match of the season, but their performance against the title holders was anything but poor. Fiorentina aim to make amends for the defeat and they are considered favourites on paper to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s football game against Chievo. The Viola are a real force to be reckoned with at home and despite the fact that the Mussi Volanti outplayed Inter in their opener in the “City of Love”, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Nikola Kalinic scored a consolation goal for Fiorentina in the 2-1 loss to Juve and he will be the man to watch in the home team.
Highligted Player (Matias Fernandez):
Matias Fernandez was born in Argentina but there was never a doubt that he would turn up for Chile. The 30-year-old attacking midfielder started his senior professional career with Colo-Colo in 2004 and was pivotal to the Chilean club winning the 2006 Clausura tournament. He would then go on to sign for Spanish side Villarreal after spurning advances from many top clubs. But his time at Villarreal was mostly spent on bench eventually leaving for Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2009. He remained an important part of their attacking unit and started earning plaudits for his skills. In 2012 he moved to Italian club Fiorentina. The versatile midfielder is renowned for his dribbling skills and as a free-kick specialist. He already has 71 caps with the Chilean national team and has appeared in the 2010 World Cup and four Copa America tournaments so far. Fernandez was also chosen as ‘South American Footballer of the Year’ in 2006.
Highlighted Team (Chievo Verona):
Associazione Calcio Chievo Verona shortly Chievo Verona is an Italian football club founded in 1929 and is currently active in the Serie A. The club is hosting it’s games in the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi which holds a capacity for 42 000 football fans. Chievo Verona shares the stadium with their city rivals Hellas Verona. After a couple of years playing in the Serie B the club from Verona managed to reach the Serie A in 2009/2010. Since the club is active in the Serie A the best performance was in the season 2011/2012 where Chievo Verona was able to end 10th on the Serie A table.Chievo Verona never managed to reach the group stage in a European top league. In the past Chievo got knocked out several times in the UEFA cup qualifiers and one time in the Champions League qualification stage. Known players that wore the Chievo Verona kit in their career are: Amauri, Brighi, Perrotta and Barzagli