Chievo vs Empoli
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 2 September 2018
Venue: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi (Verona).
After their humiliating loss to Fiorentina, Chievo will be desperate to bounce back as they take on Empoli on Sunday.
Chievo spent much of last season desperately fighting relegation and managed to squeeze by and avoid the drop. There’s always been the feeling that the Flying Donkeys are like the cat with many lives as they manage to keep on coasting by season after season without much effort, but their luck just may have run out, as was seen last campaign. However, other teams performing much worse keep propping them up, but this time around, they may not be as lucky as the newly promoted sides appear to be more competitive.
However, they did put on a good performance against Juventus, only to ultimately narrowly lose that game. Things, however, went horribly awry against Fiorentina, but now they’re back on home turf and will be determined to try to bounce back.
That being said, Empoli will not be easy opponents, especially after the way they won Serie B last term. After crumbling in Serie A, they turned their fortunes around in the second tier and are determined not to go back down without a strong fight. They picked up a win against Cagliari and only narrowly lost to Genoa, and have shown a determination to attack at every opportunity.
That will trouble Chievo, whose defense is suspect, to say the least, and Fiorentina could have scored way more than six goals had they converted their chances more clinically. Chievo have shipped a whopping nine goals in just six games and will really need to get their house in order – fast.
Chievo vs Empoli: Head-to-head statistics
- Empoli have drawn five of their last seven visits to Chievo’s stadium
- Empoli have lost just two of their last 11 meetings with Chievo
- Chievo are undefeated in their last 10 home matches against Empoli in all competitions
Chievo vs Empoli: Prediction
Empoli have started off brightly and will be perfectly content with nicking a point as Chievo will definitely be a side they will be considering as a relegation rival as the season progresses.
Chievo, meanwhile will be desperate to avoid losing here as they have failed to pick up a single point so far this season.
Their 6-1 humiliation will still be on their minds and having already lost at home this season, the Flying Donkeys won’t want to leave anything to chance here so this could be a cagey affair.
Chievo vs Empoli: Betting tips
Empoli – Double chance at 1.58
Under 2.5 goals at 1.68.