Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Following a heart-breaking loss to Lecce on Wednesday evening, Lazio will look to get back on course in the Serie A when they welcome Empoli to their Stadio Olimpico on Matchday 17. The Biancocelesti are eyeing their sixth home win of the process, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Azzurri. All Luis Alberto, Fares, and Gila have been struggling with injuries of late, while Felipe Anderson is pushing for a recall to the starting XI.
Empoli, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Udinese, and seeing that important midfielder Akpa Akpro is banned for the Lazio game, we predict that Maurizio Sarri’s men are going to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s clash. Experienced forward Mattia Destro is yet another absentee in the away side. In their last meeting in “the Eternal City” the two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Highlighted Player (Elseid Hysaj):
Born on 2nd February 1994, Elseid Hysaj is an Albanian defender who has spent his entire professional career in Italian Serie A and he is predicted a bright future in the game. Empoli scouts spotted his talent while he was playing for Shodra youth sides, and after three years in the youth team, the full-back was promoted to the first team set up.
Hysaj performed really well in his first three years as a first team regular, helping the Azzurri gain promotion to the top fight in the process. One season in Serie A proved enough for the right-sided defender to secure a big club move as he joined Napoli in the summer of 2015 and immediately nailed down a regular starting berth.
Capable of doing dirty defensive work as well as making forward runs, Hysaj is a modern full-back, who is destined for big things. The talented footballer is already a key member of the Albania national team and he will represent the country at the Euro 2016 finals.
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.