Empoli vs Chievo
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 2 February 2019
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).
Serie A Matchday No 22 will begin with the low-profile tie between Empoli and Chievo on Saturday afternoon at Stadio Carlo Castellani.
A poor thread of five losses and a draw in past six league outings saw Azzurri slide down to 17th place in the standings. They are now just three points above the danger area and desperately need to bring the streak to an end here against the rock-bottomed Chievo.
Whilst the hosts still look good in the battle for avoiding the relegation, Gialloblu only have theoretical chances to stay in the top flight. They sit at the very foot of the standings with only eight points and are as many as nine shy of safety. This is why success at Carlo Castellani would be of a massive importance for Domenico Di Carlo’s troops.
Can they pick up a result against out-of-form opposition here?
Empoli vs Chievo: Head-to-head
The draw was the most common of outcomes in the history of head to head encounters between these two outfits.
It happened on 9 occasions in 20 games.
Empoli only won 4 and lost 7 of remaining 11 matches against Gialloblu.
Azzurri failed to find the back of the net in last three ties against Empoli.
This term’s meeting saw a goalless draw in Verona.
Empoli vs Chievo: Prediction
Empoli shipped two late goals to lose 1-3 the home fixture against bottom-half rivals Genoa on Monday evening. They are really struggling to keep things tight at the back. The team allowed three or more goals in four of past six league affairs.
Chievo also lacked meticulousness at the back in their recent outings. They shipped seven goals in back-to-back defeats to Juventus and Fiorentina. They played a crazy seven-goal thriller win ten-man Fiorentina last Sunday. Azzuri came back on level terms from a two-goal deficit. They then concede two goals, missed one penalty and scored one goal to lose 3-4 eventually.
Both sides have really been vulnerable at the back lately and we just can’t see any of them keeping a clean sheet here. Both Teams to Score is the way to go.
Empoli vs Chievo: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.75 (3/4)
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5).