Udinese vs Empoli
Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 28 August, 2016,
Kick-off: 19:45 UK.
Venue: Dacia Arena (Udine).
Udinese were thrashed 4-0 by Roma at Rome in the opening day of the 2016/17 Serie A season. The Little Zebras managed to hold on to a 0-0 score line until the half-time. But two silly penalty just after the break opened the flood gates at Stadio Olimpico. This also keep them without a win in their last 5 league games, carrying over from the last season.
While Empoli were fell to a narrow 1-0 loss at home to a lacklustre Sampdoria. They had a decent run in the last season’s Serie A and achieved a respectable 10th place finish. But they were one of the poor away sides in the league and have lost all of their last 6 games on the road.
Udinese vs Empoli: Head-to-Head Statistics
Empoli defeated Udinese 2-1 in the corresponding fixture of last season on September 2015. This also put an end to Empoli’s four match win-less streak against Udinese, where they lost three and drawn 1. They held Udinese to a 1-1 in the reverse fixture played at their home on February 2016.
Udinese vs Empoli: Prediction
Udinese haven’t won in their last five Serie A games as they lost 4 and drawn 1 during the period. Also considering the fact that they narrowly escaped relegation by virtue of 1 point last season and nothing much has changed in the summer, they are expected to struggle this season.
However, Empoli have suffered 6 straight defeats away from home and are without a win in the last 9 away games in the league. So all these stats and head-to-head record are pointing to the direction that this match might well end in a draw. However, the home side can be considered slight favourites to take all three points on Sunday.
Udinese vs Empoli: Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 1.61.
Udinese – Draw no bet at 1.44.