Empoli vs Fiorentina
Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 5 May 2019
Kick-Off 11:30 UK / 12:30 CET
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).
Empoli are in a very tough position after back-to-back losses to SPAL and Bologna in past two rounds. They are now four points shy of the safe zone with just four games left to play. Azzurri have a tricky schedule in final four matches of the season as they are to play the likes of Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Torino and Inter Milan.
Aurelio Andreazzoli took charge in March this year, but he failed to shift team’s fortunes around. His main issues are connected with the lack of meticulousness in Empoli’s defensive line.
Azzurri were especially easy to break down in recent weeks as they shipped seven goals in two straight losses to the likes of SPAL and Bologna. They allowed three or more goals in three of past four league outings. This will be the music to the ears of talented attacking line of Fiorentina’s.
Can Viola exploit these holes in the first match of Sunday’s Serie A program at Stadio Carlo Castellani?
Empoli vs Fiorentina: Head-to-head
Empoli are playing against the head to head tradition here as well.
Fiorentina won 12, drew 4 and lost only 3 of 19 clashes against Azzurri.
Teams, however, have two wins apiece in last four head to head affairs.
There were at least four goals scored in five of past six H2H encounters between the two sides.
Empoli vs Fiorentina: Prediction
Fiorentina have the quality on their side, but the lack of proper motivation caused their weaker run of results in recent outings. Viola lost four and drew one of past five matches in all competitions and they winless in last 12 affairs.
The visitors also a managerial change lately appointing Vincenzo Montella as the new head coach last month. Viola scored no more than two goals in past five games across competitions. They have nowhere to go in four remaining outings and this tie has a much bigger importance for Empoli.
Backing a high-scoring contest is the best way to go here, while you can also go with the home win at 2.30 odds because of the aforementioned motivation factor. On top of this, Azzurri won three, drew one and lost one of past five home matches in the league, each of which has seen goals scored at both ends.