Empoli vs Atalanta: Preview and Prediction

Empoli vs Atalanta Italian Serie A Match 21st May 2017

Empoli vs Atalanta
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 21 May 2017
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).

Empoli will be desperate to get back on track as they welcome Atalanta, but the Azzurri will likely find things tough against La Dea.

For the longest time, Empoli were struggling just to break into double digits in terms of goals scored. In fact, they have scored just 28 goals all season, and that’s thanks to a sudden uptick in form that have seen them frantically trying to pick up points. The only reason Empoli were not in the relegation zone for much of this season was due to how badly Pescara, Palermo, and Crotone have fared.

Then suddenly, Crotone began to improve. And Empoli, who were losing game after game, but still enjoyed a comfortable gap over the relegation candidates began to panic. That has seen them turn things around, both in terms of scoring goals and picking up points. However, a loss to Cagliari now sees them just one point ahead of the Squali.

Empoli fans may be feeling a bit better given that Crotone have to face Juventus in a true David vs. Goliath clash. The Bianconeri at playing at home, so that makes Crotone’s task that even much more daunting. The Azzurri come into this game having won three out of their last five, which is nearly half of the eight they have earned all season. However, upcoming opponents Atalanta are no slouches. Despite having drawn four out of their last five fixtures, they have a very strong defensive record.

Empoli have been pushing forward as of late, as they need goals to score games, but Atalanta’s defense could cause some problems for the team whose attack is currently the weakest in the division. They will be keen on trying to get at least a point as they are currently safe, but with Crotone pulling off surprise result after surprise result, they surely cannot afford to rest on their laurels anymore. Can they stake their claim for safety this weekend?

Empoli vs Atalanta: Head-to-head statistics

  • Empoli have a record of W5-D4-L11 in their last 20 home games against teams ranked above them in the table.
  • Atalanta have a record of W7-D7-L6 in their last 20 away games against teams ranked below them in the table.
  • Empoli have won only two of their 15 Serie A meetings with Atalanta (D7 L6).
  • Empoli’s last Serie A win against Atalanta was in April 2007.
  • Since then, the Azzurri have only taken three points from seven games against La Dea.
  • Atalanta have drawn 5 of their last 6 matches.
  • Atalanta have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 away matches against Empoli in all competitions.

Empoli vs Atalanta: Prediction

On course for a Europa League spot, Atalanta have been quite impressive this term, and in their travels, they have conceded just 23 goals. Seven of those were against Inter, but that was a game that truly was something out of the ordinary. Empoli have the worst attack in the division, and furthermore, Atalanta have kept a clean sheet in five out of their last seven road fixtures against Empoli.

The Azzurri could find things tough here, but may take some respite in that Crotone are facing Juventus and Lazio in their last two games of the season.

Empoli vs Atalanta: Betting tips

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