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Empoli vs Sampdoria Predictions

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Empoli
Sampdoria

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Tip Reasoning

A straightforward weekend win has kept Sampdoria in the running for the European places, but can they add to that? This weekend brings them to Empoli, in what seems like a difficult trip. The visitors are aiming to stay in the hunt for a spot in next season’s Europa League, but will their struggles on the road this term leave them short here?

The hosts have climbed into 14th place after a strong run, which has taken them clear of the drop zone. Last weekend saw them dealt a blow, as they lost 3-1 away to Fiorentina. That was a tricky fixture for the Azzurri, who will be hoping that home comforts will help them in this weekend’s match. After storming five points clear of danger, can they return to form on Saturday?

Sampdoria are on a five-game unbeaten run, which has pushed them back into top six contention. They’re only two points off fifth in a wide open table, which suggests that there’s plenty of drama to come in the second half of the campaign. However, Samp will wrap up the first half of the season over the Christmas period, but can they continue their unbeaten streak through to the New Year?

The visitors may be in form, but they aren’t favourites. They’ve produced three straight wins at home, along with a draw at a wobbly Lazio side and a point against Genoa – who they share a ground with. It’s hardly a great record in terms of away trips, as Samp have won just twice on the road, averaging 1.1 points per game this term. They’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four trips, leaving them failing to win any of those clashes. Can they improve against a confident Empoli side?

The hosts have kicked on under Giuseppe Iachini, winning three of his first five games in charge. He’s defied his label as a defensive coach, guiding them to 10 goals across those five matches, matching the side tally they had from their first 11 outings with a supposedly more attack-minded boss. They should exploit a Sampdoria defence which has struggled this season, while the Azzurri have great form at home to build on. Iachini has won all three of his games in charge of Empoli here, so we’re backing him to claim a victory. Empoli to win is our tip, along with a 2-1 correct score.

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