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Empoli vs Udinese Predictions

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Sides tend to wait until an international break before making managerial moves, but not Empoli. They took the decision to sack Aurelio Andreazzoli this week, and replace him with Giuseppe Iachini. They’re clearly making a big move to try and move to safety, given that the Azzurri have lost seven of their opening 11 matches in this Serie A campaign. They’ve made a clear switch in style with that move, but will their more pragmatic approach take hold when they meet Udinese this weekend?

Andreazzoli’s departure can be seen as harsh, given the job he did at Empoli. The club had been relegated from Serie A in 2016/17, and they started the following campaign in mixed form in the second tier. However, once Andreazzoli came in, he guided them to the Serie B title with some wonderful football. He tried to carry that on after promotion, to the point that they outplayed Napoli in a 5-1 loss last weekend. That was an encouraging sign, but the fact they conceded so many is a tight game was telling. Now Iachini comes in, Italy’s answer to Sam Allardyce. A more direct style is set to come in, and the defence will improve. It saved Sassuolo last season, can it help Empoli?

Iachini has a great chance to start with a win, given that Udinese have lost five of their last six games. The visitors are fifth from bottom after a terrible time in the last 12 months in Serie A, making them the perfect fodder for a side who have a new manager and a more direct style of play.

That change is good for an Empoli side who tried a more adventurous style of play. That obviously didn’t suit them too much, despite it being seen as the Empoli way. The Azzurri’s shot conversion rate of 6.7% is the lowest in the league this season, so obviously an open defence is a real problem for the newly promoted side. Turning to a man who can make them more rigid is a smart idea, especially if he is able to blend in some flair from their strong displays in the early stages of this campaign.

That makes this a tough clash for Udinese, who would have seen it as a chance to restore their form. Now Empoli have given themselves a fighting chance, and they could well benefit from the new manager bounce. We expect Iachini to make an early impact in his new post, as we’re tipping him to get off to a winning start against a poor Udinese team. We think the hosts’ price is worth going with after Udinese’s string of defeats, so we’re siding with an Empoli win. We’re also tipping a narrow success, with a 1-0 home win our score prediction.

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