Our prediction for this Serie A match:
The spotlight will shine on Stadio Artemio Franchi as Fiorentina and Inter prepare for a much-anticipated Serie A clash. The Viola aim to recover from the heavy Italian Super Cup loss (0-3) to Napoli, but they will have a mountain to climb in Sunday’s showdown. Angola forward M’Bala Nzola is pushing for a recall to the starting XI, while Christian Kouame is still on international duty. Cristiano Biraghi serves a one-game ban, while both Dodo and Gaetano Castrovilli remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The Nerazzurri, on the other hand, are high on confidence following the Super Cup triumph and they surely want to stay in the Scudetto race. Even with the absence of Hakan Calhanoglu and Nicolo Barella due to suspensions, Inter's strong team cohesion sets them apart from Fiorentina. Given this advantage, an away win is worth considering. Juan Cuadrado remains in the recovery room with an Achilles tendon problem. In their last meeting at the venue Inter recorded a thrilling 4-3 win over Fiorentina.
Highlighted Player (Hakan Calhanoglu):
Hakan Calhanoglu is another one in the long line of Turkish footballers who were born in Germany, so it is hardly surprising he came to prominence thanks to his performances in Bundesliga. The attacking midfielder with great vision and very good goalscoring record started his professional career at Karlsruher, scoring impressive 17 goals in 50 league outings to earn a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg.
The spell at Imtech Arena was merely a stepping stone for bigger things as 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign persuaded Bayer Leverkusen to splash nearly €15 million on his services. That proved a very good investment as Calhanoglu continued the rich vein of form, and it is now a matter of time before he joins one of European powerhouses.
The midfield maestro had a bright start to his career in the Turkey national team, scoring 5 goals in first 16 caps, and chances are he will become a leader for Milli Takim in the foreseeable future.
Highlighted Team (Fiorentina):
AC Fiorentina was founded on 29th of August in 1926 after a fusion between Libertas and CS Firenze. Currently Fiorentina is playing his home games in the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence which can accommodate 47282 supporters. The stadium was build in 1931 by Pier Luigi Nervi. De first prize ever won by Fiorentina was the CoppaItalia in the season of 1939/1940. The first Scudetto (name for the Serie A title) was in 1955/1956. One of the most important players in that season was the Brazilian Juninho. In 1996 he was rewarded as the best player in club history.
One year later Fiorentina lost the semi finals in the European Cup 1 against Real Madrid. During that period of time Fiorentina won the Europan Cup 2 against Glasgow Rangers and the Coppa Italia as well. In total Fiorentina won the league title twice.
Important football players that played for Fiorentina are: Batistuta, Baggio, Effenberg, Laudrup, Mijatovic and Rui Costa.