Empoli vs Inter Milan
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 29 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).
Lautaro Martinez won Boxing Day derby for Inter Milan against nine-man Napoli to help his team narrow the gap behind the second-placed Partinopei down to five points. Nerazzurri preserved a five-point cushion ahead of Lazio in fourth at the same time. It was a strong overall performance from Luciano Spalletti’s men who did not allow attackingly-powerful Napoli side make a single attempt on target in the entire affair.
Inter now won two and drew one of last three league matches and travel to Stadio Carlo Castellani for the last game of the year against Empoli in the highest of spirits. The same can’t be said for the hosts who have been struggling badly in recent weeks. Azzurri lost three on the trot in Serie A allowing as many as 10 goals in the process. The latest of failures came on Wednesday night when they fell 3-0 to Torino in a match which saw them claim only a single shot on target.
Empoli vs Inter Milan: Head-to-head
Inter were the dominant force in the history of head to head matches against Azzurri.
The visitors are a five-win streak against Empoli.
Overall, Inter won 18, drew 2 and lost 2 of 22 encounters with Azzurri.
Empoli vs Inter Milan: Prediction
Inter improved their defensive display significantly of late. They shipped just one goal in last three league outings. Given they allowed Napoli no shots on target on Wednesday night, we do find the value in backing them to keep things quiet at the back against Empoli here.
Since Azzurri were extremely easy to break down in recent fixtures, the away win looks to be a banker at 1.53. The head to head record also speaks in Nerazzurri’s favour. To sum it all up, Inter’s clean sheet win is just the way to go in this fixture at Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Empoli vs Inter Milan: Bet Tips
Inter Milan to win @ 1.53 (8/15)
Inter Milan to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25 (5/4).