Empoli take on visitors from Florence on Serie A matchday 32. The match is to be played on Sunday, April 10th.
Bookmakers don’t see obvious favorite in this match as Empoli clearly have no desire to battle for anything while Fiorentina lost their best conditions. Empoli show the worst form starting January in entire league. The team took only one win and six draws in 14 matches this year with 11-21 goal difference. They were contenders for the place in next year Europa League but now they stuck in the middle of the standings. One of the reasons for poor results were injuries of their key defenders but 3 out of 4 starting defenders are ready to be in lineup. Such defensive line don’t allow over 1 goal since clash with Milan in February (2-2). Offense of the team is total disaster as they scored only 1 goal in 4 matches in March, failing to find the back of the net against Palermo and Genoa.
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Fiorentina lost almost all chances for the third place after 1-1 draw with Sampdoria. Fiorentina record only 2 wins in 7 away matches in 2016 (3-1 over awful Palermo and 3-2 over Atalanta). Viola scored and allowed 18 goals starting January and have 8-10 goal difference in 7 away matches. Leaving aside clashes in Palermo and Bergamo we get only 2 goals in other five away matches since January and it’s clearly not the record that can get the third place in the league. On top of that, Babacar, the main striker of the visitors, suffered an injury and his replacement Kalinic would struggle to score with such poor support from the midfield. On the other hand, all key defenders are fit and ready to play.
We can expect two team to be careful in this match as Fiorentina will lose all the chances for successful season if lose. At the same time, another defeat at own turf might be fatal for Giampaolo’s place of work.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.