Inter Milan vs Empoli
2016/17 Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 12th February 2017
Kick off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan.
Inter Milan’s excellent run in Serie A came to an end with the 1-0 defeat against Juventus last weekend. This made it two losses on the spin after having lost to Lazio at home in the Coppa Italia fixture on 1st February. They were on a 9 match winning run in all competitions prior to that and therefore we must expect a drop in morale and confidence. To make things worse, the top goal-scorer Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic are suspended for this fixture. The duo has contributed 22 of the 37 league goals so far this season.
Empoli are 17th in the league table and has no immediate threat of falling into the relegation zone due to an 8 point gap with Palermo on 18th place. They have shown some improvements since the start of the new year by picking 2 wins and 2 draws from the 5 matches. However, they have a terrible record away from home as they had won just once this season from 11 matches. The remaining 10 matches is split between 4 draws and 6 losses. They are also the worst scoring team on the road after netting 6 goals this season.
Inter Milan vs Empoli: Head-to-head stats
The h2h stats is all in favor of Inter Milan as they are unbeaten in the last 11 matches in all competitions with 10 wins and a draw. While Empoli’s last win over Inter was in the 2005/06.
At home, Inter has picked up 6 straight wins over Empoli, scoring 2 or more in 5 of them.
Inter Milan vs Empoli: Prediction
Despite an excellent home form, Inter are missing some key players in Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic. The things could even up in the pitch as Empoli will be without their four key defenders. Moreover, Empoli’s poor away record could play a vital role here. Inter might be short on attacking options, but are expected to edge this by a narrow 1-0 margin.
Inter Milan vs Empoli: Bet Tips
Inter Milan to win and Under 2.5 goals at 11/5 (3.20).