Empoli vs Juventus
Italian Serie A.
Date: Saturday 27 October 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).
Empoli are next up on the menu for Juventus, who will hope to rebound after a surprise 1-1 draw with Genoa that saw their perfect 100% winning record end in Serie A last weekend.
Still, Juve have yet to lose a single game across all comps this season. Massimiliano Allegri’s men beat Manchester United earlier this week thanks to a goal from Paulo Dybala to put them comfortably in control of their group, with three wins out of three and they are pretty much set for the round of 16.
Despite drawing with Genoa, Juventus still have a four point lead over Napoli, who face a tricky test against Roma on Sunday, and Empoli are hardly a team who will rock the boat when the reigning Scudetto champions come to town.
The Azzurri have failed to win their last eight games and blew a great chance to end that frustrating run by drawing 3-3 with Frosinone. That was a relegation six pointer and sees them still sitting in the relegation zone.
Not an impressive outcome for a side who now have to try to contain Juventus, who are steadily growing in strength and confidence as the season goes on.
Juventus will simply come to the Carlo Castellani and look to pick up an academic three points without much fuss as they look ahead to other responsibilities. And barring a shocking collapse, that’s what’s likely to happen.
Cristiano Ronaldo, naturally will want to use this as a great chance to add some goals to his growing tally, as he has five so far and to close the gap on Genoa’s Piatek, who was shackled in the 1-1 draw last weekend.
Empoli vs Juventus: Head-to-head statistics
- Juventus have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Empoli in all competitions
- Empoli have failed to win their last 8 matches
- Juventus have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 matches against Empoli in all competitions
- Juventus are undefeated in their last 17 away matches
- Juventus have won their last 6 matches against Empoli in all competitions
Empoli vs Juventus: Prediction
Simply put, Juventus have hit their stride at the right moment, and Allegri could tinker with his squad, giving players like Dybala a rest in lieu of Federico Bernadeschi to mix things up a bit.
Whoever he does use in his starting XI – with Ronaldo still expected to start – La Vecchia Signora will rebound from their 1-1 draw last weekend with a win and a clean sheet – especially given Empoli’s failure to score both against Roma and Lazio at home as well as against Parma.
Empoli vs Juventus: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals at 1.66 (2/3)
Juve to WIN to Nil @ 1.90 (9/10)