Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 2-1 win over rock-bottom Crotone Napoli put an end to their three-game losing run in all competitions. The Partenopei aim to stay in the race for Scudetto and, no doubt, they will go for a win in Wednesday’s football game against Empoli. Napoli are eyeing their fifth home win of the season, speaking of the Serie A, and seeing that their next rivals failed to score in previous six league fixtures, we predict that the title-chasing team are going to pick up all three points from the Stadio San Paolo clash. Empoli struggle in front of goal and the lack of confidence seems to be the team’s biggest problem ahead of the trip to Naples. When the two teams met at Stadio San Paolo earlier in 2016 Napoli recorded a 5-1 win over Empoli and we would not be surprised if history repeats itself.
Highlighted Player (Chiriches):
Vlad Iulian Chriches had an unusual path to the biggest stage, spending some time at the Benfica youth academy before returning to Romania to start his professional career at International. The central defender arrived to Steaua Bucuresti via Pandurii Targu Jiu and he needed just a year and a half to secure a big club move. After snubbing a number of offers from Italian Serie A, Chiriches joined Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, becoming Steaua’s record transfer in the process. However, the Romania international did not enjoy the best of starts to his career in England and he was sold to Napoli after two somewhat disappointing seasons at White Hart Lane. Chiriches has struggled for playing time at Stadio San Paolo as well, and he will probably need to play on regular basis if he is to realise his full potential. Meanwhile, the powerful defender remains an important member of the Romania national team, having earned more than 40 caps for the Tricolorii since making his debut in 2011.
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 it’s home games in the Stadio Carlo Castellani which holds a capacity of 19 847 seats. The home colours of Empoli FC are blue and white. The Empoli Ultra’s are called Rangers 1976 and are feared in Italy. Empoli FCdidn’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.