Empoli - Sampdoria prediction and analysis
Empoli host Sampdoria at their Stadio Carlo Castellani in the final match of the Italian Serie A round.
The hosts are in the bottom half of the standings.
But despite this, their advance in front of the danger zone, where Sampdoria is also, is 10 points before the start of this round.
The Tuscans have been playing very well in front of their fans lately.
As Empoli recorded 3 clean wins in their last 4 league home games.
Those wins were against Monza, Sassuolo and Cremonese.
On the other hand, Sampdoria have conceded 2 clean sheets in their last 3 away games in Serie A:
- 0-3 against Inter
- 0-2 against Torino
This football statistic gives me reason to predict that Epmolly will win with a clean sheet in this match as well.
Empoli - statistics and info
Empoli won promotion from Serie B to the top flight at the end of the 2020/21 season and performed well last campaign.
They finished 14th in the league table, taking a whopping 50 points from 38 games.
And this time things are going the same way.
Paolo Zanetti's side are 13th in the Serie A standings ahead of the round with 19 points from 17 games.
Thus, at this stage, the Tuscans can rest assured of their survival.
Empoli will go into the match against Samp after a 2-2 draw with Lazio away at the Stadio Olimpico last round.
Which came after another draw - 1-1 away at Udinese before that.
Francesco Caputo joined Empoli from Sampdoria on loan in the January transfer window.
And he is not allowed to play against his former club.
Mattia Destro should start as the starter. But defender Lorenzo Tonelli is out.
Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro returns after suspension.
Sampdoria - statistics and info
Sampdoria is an established club in Calcio, but they have serious problems this season.
It looks very likely that they will be relegated to Serie B at the end of the campaign.
The Mariners have been in the elite of Italian football since 2012/13.
They finished ninth in the standings in 2020/21.
But it is very likely that they will be among the bottom 3 teams at the end of this season.
Dejan Stankovic's side are penultimate in the Serie A table at the moment with just nine points from 17 games.
Before the round, they are six points behind 17th-placed Spezia, who are the first team over the line.
And if they do not recover urgently, their failure will be certain.
Sampdoria will head into this game away from home on the back of a 2-nil losing streak :
- against Napoli for the championship
- against Fiorentina for the Coppa Italia.
Fabio Quagliarella, Ignacio Pousseto and Manuel De Luca have knee injuries.
While Omar Kohli (flu) and Andrea Conti (tendonitis) are also questionable for the match against Empoli.
And Rincon is suspended for the red card he picked up against Napoli last weekend.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Vicario; Stojanovic, Ismaili, Luperto, Parisi; Marin, Grassi, Akpro; Bayrami, Caputo, Satriano
Injured: Destro, Tonelli
Lineup: Audero; Murillo, Coley, Newtink; Leris, Sabiri, Vieira, Augelio, Djuricic; Lammers, Gabbiadini
Injured: Quagliarella, Conti, Pousseto