Cagliari vs Empoli
Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 20 January 2019
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Sardegna Arena (Cagliari).
Empoli will be desperate to bring a poor three-loss thread to an end on Sunday evening when they travel to Sardegna Arena to take on bottom-half rivals Cagliari in the 20th round of Serie A. The mentioned streak saw Azzurri fall down to 17th place in the league ladder. They are now just three points above the red zone and a potential defeat to Cagliari would seriously compromise their ambitions of saving the top flight status at the end of the season.
Empoli were always a side easy to break down, but they managed to compensate by producing at the other end at the start of the season. Their attacking form, however, saw a big slide in recent outings as Giuseppe Iachini’s troops failed to find the back of the net in last two league affairs against Torino and Inter. They shipped three or more goals in three of last four league matches which is why it’s hard to predict a pleasant evening for their fans on this trip.
Cagliari vs Empoli: Head-to-head
Empoli lead the head to head tie by three wins coming into 18th H2H meeting with Rossoblu.
Cagliari, however, won 4, drew 2 and lost only 2 of 8 home outings with Azzurri.
Empoli picked up a 2-0 victory when teams met each other at the start of the season at Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Cagliari vs Empoli: Prediction
Cagliari were generally tough to break down in their own backyard this season. They only lost one of nine matches on the home patch this term, conceding just seven goals in the process. Empoli are one of competition’s worst travellers and given their recent form it is really hard to predict anything else but a home win at 2.00 odds here.
Azzurri took only three points from nine away matches this season. They did not score in past two league outings and we will alternatively back Cagliari to keep a clean sheet at 2.75.
Cagliari vs Empoli: Bet Tips
Cagliari to win @ 2.00 (1/1)
Cagliari to keep a clean sheet @ 2.75 (7/4).