Empoli vs Sampdoria
Italy – Serie A
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).
Empoli have picked it up since early November and escaped the relegation zone with a four-game unbeaten streak, where they earned three wins and a draw, but they’ve now seen it ended with a 3-1 loss at Fiorentina and host Sampdoria looking to bounce back quickly at Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Azzurri have beaten Udinese, Atalanta, and Bologna in last three home outings and they’ll now want to build on such performances, desperate for points to escape the danger zone too. We do expect a strong challenge and an attempt to capitalize on Blucerchiati’s woes on the road.
Sampdoria come into the match on the back of an unbeaten streak of their own, though, and we’ve seen them bag eight points in the last four Serie A outings and make their way past SPAL in Coppa Italia. However, they’ve last snatched a win on the road in early October and this will be more worrying, as Marco Giampaolo looks for a cure for their defensive inconsistencies ahead of the 180-kilometer trip.
Empoli vs Sampdoria: Head-to-head
Sampdoria have snatched a 0-1 win on their last trip to this ground.
This was their only win in the last five head-to-head occasions, with four draws also on the records.
Empoli have earned just one win in the last ten matchups, despite tough challenges more often than not.
Empoli vs Sampdoria: Prediction
We will now back Empoli to hold off Sampdoria once again and sticking our necks out for a Draw looks the best way to go about the fixture at 3.40. We have seen such clashes between the sides often lately and this does feel like value to go for at this point.
However, we do expect exciting contest with both sides motivated for the points and we’ll now also go for a YES on Both teams to score, which comes at 1.57. Both have picked it up in the final third over the recent weeks and this does feel like further evidence for such a bet, promising another thriller in the making here.
Empoli vs Sampdoria: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.40
Both teams to score YES @ 1.57.