Inter - Empoli prediction and analysis
Inter and Empoli will close the round that cuts the Italian Serie A campaign in half with this match between themselves.
The hosts leave with high spirits after only a few days ago they won their first trophy of the season.
It was the Italian Super Cup.
For this purpose, the team led by Simone Inzaghi defeated city rivals Milan 3-0 in the capital of Saudi Arabia.
With this success , Inter increased their streak of unbeaten matches to 12 in a row (9-3-0) , some of which were friendlies.
Empoli haven't been playing badly lately, going 3-2-1 in their last 6 matches in Calcio.
As the only loss during this period was against the leader in the standings – Napoli.
Today, however, they are likely to lose again.
It's just that Inter has no right to lose points in matches like this if they want to keep even minimal chances for the title.
Especially since the Nerazzurri have won their previous 9 Serie A matches against Empoli.
As in 8 of these victories, Inter scored 2+ goals each.
Inter - statistics and info
Last season, Inter missed out on the title, although they had their hopes up until the last round.
But in the end, their city rivals Milan won the Scudetto.
Fans' expectations that their favorites will be able to fight for the trophy now are also about to be dashed.
As the season will be cut in half with the matches of the current round.
And the Nerazzurri, although they are in the top 4, are seriously behind the undisputed leader Napoli.
Something more. Even their position in the Champions League zone is not 100% guaranteed.
Because the next 3 teams (Lazio, Atalanta and Roma) are only 3 points behind them .
In fact, Simone Inzaghi's men will take part in the round of 16 of this year's edition of UEFA's most prestigious tournament.
After in the fall they left a group that also included Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
A curious fact is that Inter scored 8 times in the first 15 minutes of play in Serie A this season - more than any other team.
Empoli - statistics and info
Empoli are playing for the 2nd consecutive year at the highest level of Italian football.
After winning promotion to Serie B two seasons ago.
Last year's campaign saw the Tuscans finish in the bottom half of the table.
However, they were far from dangerous positions in the standings.
And in this season, their situation is more or less the same.
Because before the start of this round, Empoli are in 12th place in the Calcio standings .
And they are part of the group of seven teams between 8th and 14th place, who are combined on just 5 points.
It seems that Empoli will play the role of filler in the league until the end of the season.
Unless there is some drastic drop in their form.
Because the last 3 teams are in the relegation zone with a desperate single-digit point asset.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Onana; Skriniar, De Vries, Bastogny; Dumfries, Barela, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Martinez, Jacko
Injured: Handanovic, Brozovic
Lineup: Vicario; Ebuehi, De Winter, Luperto, Parisi; Fazzini, Bandinelli, Akpa Akpro; Baldanzi; Caputo, Satriano
Injured: Ismaili, Destro, Grassi