Our football match prediction:
Sampdoria will be aiming to bounce back from a shocking 3-2 loss to Benevento when they host Fiorentina at their Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris on Matchday 21. La Samp recorded only one win in previous seven league fixtures, but they are still sitting in the Europa League berth in the Serie A standings. Marco Giampaolo’s men aim to return to winning ways in the national championship, but beating the Viola is easier said than done. Fiorentina were on the verge suffering a loss to Inter in front of home fans at the weekend, but they eventually scored a late equalizer and picked up one point from the game. Stefano Pioli’s men are on a three-game winless run in the Italian top flight ahead of the trip to Genoa, but seeing that Sampdoria have been struggling to find their best form of late, we predict that two teams are going to share the spoils at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris.
Highlighted Player (Duvan Zapata):
Duvan Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia on 1 April, 1991. The 186-cm-tall attacker started his youth career at America de Cali, playing for the club between 2004 and 2008. In 2008 he made his debut for the first team and three years later he scored his first hat-trick for the Colombian outfit, in a 3-2 win over Deportivo Pereira. In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Estudiantes and he found the net for the Argentine team on his debut against Belgrano. After scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for Estudiantes, the Colombian striker joined Napoli in 2013, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice attacker. On 22 July, 2015 Zapata joined fellow Serie A team Udinese on loan and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 24 league appearances for the Zebrette. Duvan Zapata has 5 caps for Colombia U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
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 accomodate 47282 suppoters. 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 clubchistory.One year later Fiorentina lost the semi finals in the Euopean 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.