Inter Milan vs Empoli.
Italian Serie A, Round 37,
Date: Saturday, 7-May-2016,
Kick-off: 17:00 GMT,
Venue: San Siro.
Inter Milan look to bounce back win a win when they host mid-table hopefuls Empoli in the match week 37 of the Italian Serie A season 2015-16.
Inter Milan fell to their second defeat in three games when they were comprehensively beaten by Lazio in the last round. Anyway, there is no damage to their fourth place in the league table, thanks to Chievo for holding fifth placed Fiorentina to a goal less draw.
Empoli were held to a 0-0 stalemate at home by Bologna, but ended up climbing one spot up in the standings to 11th at the end of week 36. A 10th placed finish is the maximum for the Azzuri even if they win their remaining 2 games, as the 9th placed Chievo is 6 points above them.
Inter Milan’s inconsistent form continued over last weekend as they had now lost twice in the space of three matches. Both the defeats came on the road and their home form still reads a formidable 6 wins in their last 7, with one loss. The Nerazzurri scored 14 goals from their last 6 matches, conceding just 6.
Empoli are without a win in their last two, with a draw and a loss. They had won 2, drawn 1 and lost 2 from their last 5 league matches, but they were without a win in the previous 12. Empoli keep struggling in away matches as they had lost 5 in a row and are without a win in their last 8 on the road. They have also failed to score in their last 4 away matches in the league.
Inter Milan: Team News
Jeison Murillo will miss the match though suspension, after getting sent off against Lazio last week. Juan Jesus is expected to partner Miranda in the center defense.
Adem Ljajic is struggling for fitness and is likely to miss out in Inter’s final home match of the season.
Inter Milan: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Handanovic – Nagatomo, Juan Jesus, Miranda, D’Ambrosio – Medel, Kondogbia – Perisic, Eder, Palacio – Icardi.
Empoli: Team News
Vincent Laurini, Lukasz Skorupski and Marko Livaja will miss the trip to Milan through injury, while Levan Mchedlidze is suspended.
Leandro Paredes is back after serving his one-match suspension and is likely to start in the midfield.
Empoli: Predicted Line-up (4-3-1-2)
Pelagotti – Bittante, Tonelli, Costa, Rui – Zeilinski, Parades, Croce – Saponara – Maccarone, Pucciarelli.
Inter Milan vs Empoli: Head-to-Head Stats
Inter Milan have a strong record against Empoli in competitive matches as they won 15 of the 19 matches so far, while drawn 2 and lost 2. And the record at San Siro from 9 matches read 8 wins and 1 loss.
Empoli’s last win against Inter Milan was at their home on 30th April 2006, which now record at 10 years without a win.
Inter Milan vs Empoli: Prediction
Inter Milan had qualified for the Europa League, but they can go behind Fiorentina if they drop points in the remaining two matches. At the same time, a win here will certainly confirm the fourth place finish with one match to spare.
Empoli are a poor side on the road and didn’t score a goal in their last four away games. While Inter are strong at home and will want to sign-off with a win in their final home game of the season.
My Prediction for this match is a 2-0 win for Inter Milan and I also expect them to keep a clean sheet.