Empoli vs Sassuolo
Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 17 February 2019
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli).
Empoli were not pulling up any trees of late. They are winless in last eight league matches, a streak which saw them claim just two points along. Such a dreadful run dropped them down into the red zone.
Can Azzurri find the way out of a massive crisis on Sunday when they host Sassuolo in a highly-important 24th round fixture at Stadio Carlo Castellani?
The visitors are definitely form favourites here even though they lost the previous match 0-3 to reigning champions Juventus. They were unbeaten in three consecutive league ties beforehand, a thread which moved them into safe waters ahead of the final third of the season.
Empoli vs Sassuolo: Head-to-head
On top of the form, Sassuolo are favourites by the look at the H2H tradition as well.
Il Neroverdi won four on the spin against Empoli netting three goals in each of fixtures in the process.
Three or more goals were seen in six of past seven head to head encounters between these two outfits.
Sassuolo claimed a 3-1 victory in the first half of the season in Reggio Emilia.
Empoli vs Sassuolo: Prediction
Empoli’s main issues are connected to the lack of meticulousness at the back. Azzurri have the second weakest defensive record in the entire league with 45 goals allowed in 23 matches so far. They shipped two or more goals in three of last four league affairs.
This will be the music to the ears of Khouma Babacar who tops Sassuolo’s goal-scoring charts with six goals to his name. The visitors were generally tough to break down of late if we ignore the mentioned 0-3 loss to Juventus in the previous round. They shipped only one goal in three league matches beforehand even though they played the likes of Inter along.
The match has a much greater significance for the hosts, but we can hardly see them snatching the spoils after being winless in last eight league affairs.
Empoli vs Sassuolo: Bet Tips
Sassuolo or Draw Double Chance @ 1.50 (1/2)
Sassuolo to win @ 2.60 (8/5).