Empoli vs Palermo
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 7th January 2017
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK/18:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).
This has been a disastrous season for Empoli fans as their team are in great threat of a relegation. We have seen the shadow of a side that done brilliantly last season to achieve a 10th place finish in the league. They have managed only 2 wins from their 18 matches so far this season, with 2 of them coming at home. Scoring goals has been the major problem for Empoli who averages at 0.55 goals per game. Empoli went into the break with a 2-1 defeat away from home to Atalanta.
Palermo are no better than Empoli as they are rooted in the relegation zone since the start of the season. Coming into Saturday’s game, the two teams are separated by 1 position with Palermo sitting at 18th and Empoli at 17th with 4 point gap.
The new Palermo manager Eugenio Corini knows well that he has one of the toughest job at hand. However, he has made a positive start to his career by picking up 4 points from 4 league games in charge. Palermo has previously managed an additional 6 from their previous 14 games. They went into the Christmas break on a 2 match unbeaten run with a 1-1 home draw against Pescara before winning the 4-3 thriller at Genoa.
Empoli vs Palermo: Head-to-head stats
Empoli are unbeaten in the last 6 competitive matches against Palermo with 3 wins and 3 draws. They had also kept clean sheets in the last four games.
Palermo have only 1 win in their last 10 meetings with Empoli, they lost 6 and drew in 4 during the period.
While playing at home against Palermo, Empoli are unbeaten in the last 5 games with 3 wins and 2 draws. Palermo last won at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on 2006.
Empoli vs Palermo: Prediction
They key for Empoli to win this fixture is to regain their goal scoring form. They have managed just 10 goals from their 18 matches so far this season, failing to score in 13 games during the process. They defeated Cagliari 2-0 in their last home match before winter break.
And Palermo despite showing slight signs of recovery are extremely vulnerable in their defense. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in 13 consecutive league games and concede heavily while playing away from home. Empoli looks good for a win and this could come by more than a 1 goal margin.
Empoli vs Palermo: Bet Tips
Empoli to win at 11/10 (2.10).