Empoli vs Cagliari
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off: 19:30 UK,
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).
Empoli are back in Serie A after securing promotion following their relegation just a season prior and will be looking to make their stay permanent this time around. Aurelio Andreazzoli will hope to keep the good times going as they take on Cagliari on Sunday.
The Rossoblu were hardly impressive last season and will be quite concerned about their top flight status. Empoli went 19 games sans defeat last season and they certainly should fancy their chances against the visitors, especially considering that they lost 11 of their away games last season. That includes four of their last five that nearly saw them suffer relegation, but they managed to escape the drop.
Empoli’s attacking impetus, which have seen them making some interesting signings this summer could see them trouble Cagliari’s notoriously bad defense in this fixture.
Although Cagliari were the strongest side promoted in the 2016/2017 season, all of the three new teams promoted were in the bottom quartet.
Parma, Frosinone, and Empoli are all solid sides which will certainly give Cagliari a real challenge and if the Sardinians don’t shape up, they certainly could be one of those who end up back in Serie B (along with underachievers Chievo).
In addition, Cagliari have a couple of players suspended, making things a lot more complicated than they’d want for their first game of the season.
Empoli vs Cagliari: Head-to-head statistics
- Empoli have drawn none of their 12 season openers in Serie A: three wins and nine losses
- Empoli went unbeaten in their last 23 Serie B games under Aurelio Andreazzoli (W16 D7)
- Cagliari have only won one of their Serie A season openers away from home in August: 0-2 win against Napoli in 2007
Empoli vs Cagliari: Prediction
Empoli have won five of their six Serie A home games against Cagliari which bodes well in their favor.
In addition, Cagliari have been quite poor in the road, losing 11 of their away fixtures, and even worse for them, they have only won one of their away opening fixtures in the league. That was back in August 2007 when they shocked Napoli to win 2-0.
It’s hard to see them doing that this weekend and Empoli should be able to mark their return to Serie A with a confidence boosting win in front of their home fans.
Empoli vs Cagliari: Betting tips
BTTS – YES at 1.75 (3/4).
Empoli – WIN at 2.20 (6/5).