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Empoli vs Udinese Predictions

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Empoli to Win

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Empoli 2-0

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Tip Reasoning

  • Empoli have lost one of their last five Serie A games.
  • The hosts’ win over Fiorentina last weekend improved their poor home record; they’d won one of seven in front of their own fans prior to that success.
  • Udinese’s last away win was on 12th September, and they have significant selection problems after their crazy 4-4 draw at Lazio.

Udinese Left with Issues After Thrilling Draw

Udinese’s 99th-minute equaliser at Lazio sparked wild scenes of celebration on Thursday, but Luca Gotti’s team, who squandered a 3-1 lead before coming back to draw 4-4, have been left with selection problems ahead of their trip to Empoli.

Both Nahuel Molina and Wallace are suspended after being sent off, the later after a brawl which followed the late equaliser. Meanwhile, Roberto Pereyra is injured, and both Rodrigo Becao and Mato Jajalo were struggling after the match, giving Gotti several selection headaches going into Monday’s fixture.

Empoli have lost just one of their last five, beating Fiorentina last weekend before coming from 2-0 down to draw at Torino. Empoli have been earning the majority of their points on the road, but will hope that win over Fiorentina acts as a catalyst for an improved run at home, where they had only won just one of seven before that triumph.

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Udinese’s selection problems, not to mention the physical toll that Thursday’s extraordinary contest may have taken, makes them easy to oppose, particularly given that Empoli are one of the most intense pressing teams in Serie A.

Udinese average the lowest share of possession in Serie A, and haven’t won on the road since early September. I’m backing their hosts to seize the initiative and take advantage of their issues. Empoli to win looks a strong bet, and given that they’ve scored two or more in each of their last five wins, 2-0 looks a solid correct score prediction.


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