Empoli - Torino Prediction and Analysis
Rivals in today's match Empoli and Torino are neighbors in the top half of the standings.
They are in the 9th and 8th positions, respectively, with the visitors having a point more in their asset.
Just below them, Juventus collapsed.
After 15 points were deducted from his asset because of the penalty imposed for violating financial fair play.
In this way, one place became free in the Europe zone.
Which could be an added incentive for either team to attack the Top 7.
Two of Empoli's last 4 matches in Serie A ended in draws.
Torino recorded 4 draws in their previous 6 official meetings (in regular time).
Furthermore, the first match between the two teams played earlier in the season also ended in a 1-1 draw.
For me, today's match also goes in that direction.
But I predict that the first half will also end in a draw.
Because 12 of Empoli's 19 Serie A games so far this season have ended with an X at half-time.
Empoli - statistics and info
Empoli achieved what manager Paolo Zanetti described as a "dream come true".
Namely – shocking a 10-man Inter squad to leave the San Siro with a surprise 1-0 win.
This victory extended Empoli's unbeaten run to 5 consecutive matches in Serie A, of which 3 wins and 2 draws.
Thus, the Tuscans moved just a point closer to their upcoming opponent Torino, occupying a comfortable 9th position.
A clean sheet is the key to Empoli's progress.
Considering that each of their 6 Calcio wins this season have been won by nil.
Turin - statistics and info
After a 1-0 win in Florence last weekend, Torino are away again for the 2nd of 3 consecutive games away from home.
With a Coppa Italia quarter-final after this clash, the visitors would be forgiven if they spared little effort.
To save strength for the upcoming match, which is again against Fiorentina.
Moreover, success in the cup seems to be the best way for Torino to secure an unlikely place in Europe.
The Bulls have lost only 2 times in their previous 11 official matches.
But despite this, at the moment they cannot pull up much in the rankings.
The reason for this is the high number of draws they have registered in recent times.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Vicario; Ebuehi, De Winter, Luperto, Kacache; Bandinelli, Marin, Akpa Akpro; Baldanzi; Satriano, Caputo
Penalties: Parisi, Henderson
Lineup: Milinkovic-Savic; Gigi, Buongiorno, Rodriguez; Singo, Richie, Adopo, Voivoda; Miranchuk, Vlasic; Sanabria
Injured: Lukic, Shurs, Aina, Pellegri, Lazaro