Crotone vs Empoli
Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 29 January 2017
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Ezio Sciada (Crotone).
Two struggling sides will be fighting tooth and nail for maximum points as Crotone take on Empoli at the Stadio Ezio Sciada on Sunday.
This game could be make or break for Crotone’s bid for survival. The Squali have had a tough debut campaign in the top flight, and time is running out for them to start climbing up the table. A whopping 11 points divide them from upcoming opponents Empoli, but if Crotone can win this fixture and start picking up points here and there, they just may be able to pull off their great escape.
The Squali come into this game having earned a hard fought 2-2 draw with Genoa, which surely will encourage them even more as it was on the road. Moreover, they had to come from behind twice to earn that result, and it was exactly the kind of outcome they needed after losing three straight matches.
As for Empoli, the Azzurri have been steadily pulling away from the bottom three. Despite still having the weakest attack in the league, they now have put a 11-point gap between themselves and the relegation candidates. They have earned 11 points out of their last six games, which is an impressive return considering they picked up just ten in 15 matches prior to this run.
The visitors arrive after picking up a 1-0 win over Udinese, which marks their third victory in their past five league fixtures. However, they have been quite poor on the road, with just one win in their last 10 road fixtures.
Crotone vs Empoli: Head-to-head statistics
Empoli and Crotone have met 16 times in Serie B (seven draws, five Crotone wins and four Empoli wins).
Crotone have failed to win 18 of their last 20 matches. But the Squali are undefeated in their last 9 home matches against Empoli in all competitions
Empoli have failed to win 18 of their last 19 away matches. In fact, the Azzurri have won just one out of their last 10 road fixtures.
The Azzurri won their first ever Serie A meeting with Crotone (2-1 in September).
Crotone have won four and drew one of the last five encounters against Empoli when playing at home.
In addition, the Squali have netted two or more goals in five out of their last six meetings with Empoli at home
Crotone vs Empoli Prediction
Having earned a 2-2 draw after coming from behind will surely have lifted Crotone’s spirits. Still, what they do need is actually to start picking up some points. They have beaten Pescara here at this ground and nicked a point off Sampdoria. That confidence from the Genoa game should be able to give them some added incentive to get the job done against Empoli – especially considering the Azzurri have won just one out of their last 10 road games.
Crotone vs Empoli: Betting tips
Crotone – WIN at 11/8 (2.38)
Under 2.5 goals at 4/7 (1.57).