Empoli vs Lazio
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 16 September 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).
Lazio have had a rough start to the season, to stay the least. It was a disappointing end to the 2017/2018 campaign, where despite their hard work, they narrowly missed out on the top four after losing to Inter and ended up in fifth place.
Their schedule hasn’t helped either – on matchday one, they had to face Napoli, followed by a clash against Juventus. Two games that no team would want to face on the first two matchdays, and Simone Inzaghi’s men ended up picking up zero points from those clashes.
After three games the Aquile have earned their first win, which was expected against Frosinone but it was hardly convincing. Now they have been given another sort of break as they take on another newly promoted side, Empoli.
The Azzurri come into this game having beaten Cagliari, but then they lost to Genoa and fumbled to throw away two points against Chievo. They will hope to take advantage of an out-of-sorts Lazio side who are involved in Europa League action this upcoming week.
Although it’s early on, Lazio will want to get their house in order before a gap begins to open up at the top of the table. So far, Juventus lead the way, but there is still quite a bunching up between the rest of the pack.
Can they use this as a great chance to get back to winning ways, or will Empoli claim their first major scalp of the season?
Empoli vs Lazio: Head-to-head statistics
- Empoli have lost 11 of 20 their last Serie A fixtures against Lazio
- Recently, Lazio have won their last 3 matches against Empoli in all competitions
- In addition, the Biancocelesti have scored at least two goals in their last three games against Empoli across all comps
Empoli vs Lazio: Prediction
Given that Lazio were the highest scoring side in Serie A last season, expect goals from this one. Empoli, meanwhile, also showed they had no problems scoring in Serie B last term and could nick a goal as Lazio have looked shaky in defense this term.
Last term, over 2.5 goals was the norm in nearly 90% of Lazio’s away games and that could be the case here as the Aquile will be desperate for all three points to get their week started off on the right footing.
Empoli vs Lazio: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73)
Lazio WIN and BTTS – YES at 2/1 (3.00).