Our prediction for this Serie A match:
There will be fireworks when Fiorentina and Empoli face each other in the local derby on Matchday 31. Following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bologna, the Viola did well to hold Inter to a draw in their last league match. Fiorentina continue life without Serbia rising star Dusan Vlahovic, while his replacement Piatek will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. The Gli Azzurri, on the other hand, are stuck in the middle of the table.
Empoli have little to play for in the season finale, and given Fiorentina’s signs of improvement, home win should be considered. Parisi misses the match through suspension, while both Marchizza and Haas are out of contention with injuries, speaking of the visiting side. In their last meeting at Stadio Artemio Franchi Fiorentina defeated Empoli 3-1, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Erick Pulgar):
Eric Pulgar is a Chilean international who started his senior career at Deportes Antofagasta. Pulgar is a 186-cm-tall midfielder, who is capable of playing as a centre back as well and he is well known for his speed. After making 38 league appearances for the club he joined fellow Chilean outfit Universidad Catolica in 2014.
The deal was confirmed on 28 June, 2014 and the Chilean defender joined los Cruzados for a fee of $ 500 000. In 2015 he decided to move to Europe and he signed a contract with Bologna for an undisclosed fee. The deal was sealed on 20 August. Erick Pulgar represented Chile at the 2016 Copa America, but he made no more than one appearance for La Roja at the tournament in USA.
He came on as a substitute to replace injured midfielder Pablo Hernandez in a 2-0 win over Colombia. It is well known that Chile won the 2016 Copa America, beating star-studded Argentina in the title game.
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.