Genoa vs Empoli
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 26 August 2018
Kick-Off: 19:30 UK,
Venue: Stadio Communale Luigi Ferraris (Genoa).
Genoa finally get their season underway after missing out on matchday one after the bridge tragedy. The Grifone will be hoping to avoid slipping up on their opening day in front of their home fans and will be facing an Empoli side full of confidence after dispatching Cagliari in their return to Serie A.
Empoli are back in the top flight after being demoted last time, and will be determined to avoid the drop. Thanks to winning Serie B, the Azzurri are back in Serie A, but what cost them dearly the last time around was their awful showings on the road.
Meanwhile, Genoa were bad in the early part of the 2017/2018 campaign, but managed to turn things around and finish in mid-table largely to how badly some of the other sides performed, but this time around, if they let things slide they may not be as lucky.
Empoli started off well with a home win but how they perform here could set the stage for how their away form could be this season. Last time they were in Serie A, Empoli lost over half of their away trips and they ended up being dropped.
Whilst they were impressive against Cagliari, they were taking on a side who have been quite poor on the road, and furthermore, Genoa have lost just two of their last 18 home fixtures against newly promoted sides.
It goes without saying that Empoli will certainly be facing an uphill battle here – especially as Genoa will be spurred on following the bridge collapse in the city earlier this month.
Genoa vs Empoli: Head-to-head statistics
- Genoa have only lost two of their last 18 home Serie A games against newly promoted teams (W8 D8)
- Empoli haven’t found the net in any of their last three games against Genoa in Serie A (D1 L2)
- However, they had scored in each of their previous five meetings
- At home, Genoa’s record against Empoli is W1 D2 L1 (in Serie A)
- Genoa have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 13 matches against Empoli in all competitions
Genoa vs Empoli: Prediction
Genoa had their problems, but overall have been solid at home against teams who finished in the lower half of the table. Picking up wins against newly promoted sides will be vital, and Empoli fall into that category.
The Grifone haven’t gotten their campaign started yet and certainly the bridge tragedy will weigh heavily on the fans’ minds – but could be the impetus the players need in order to pick up a much needed win.
Genoa vs Empoli: Betting tips
Genoa – WIN at 2.10 (11/10)
Under 2.5 goals at 1.65 (7/11).