Empoli – Bologna SOCCER PICKS
Empoli and Bologna face off at Stadio Carlo Castellani, in a match for the 15th round of Serie A. The history of recent direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 2 wins and 2 draws in the last 4 matches. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 07-05-2017, ended with Empoli‘s victory by (3-1). In this game, the home factor may be decisive, since Bologna presents considerable differences in their results at home and as visitors.
The home team is currently in the 17 th position of the league, with 13 points won, after 3 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Atalanta, by (3-2). In the last match, they tied in an away match against SPAL, by (2-2). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 7 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 29 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 20 goals scored and 19 conceded. In the last 7 home league matches Empoli has a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, so they have won 10 points out of 21 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, as 21 of the last 24 matches they have played have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 14 matches in this competition, they have only won 1 of the 9 matches they suffered in the first goal.
The Empoli enters this match with a draw, 2-2, in the displacement to the field of SPAL: the goals of the team were scored by Caputo and Krunic. It should be noted that the locals no longer lose three consecutive games in the Italian championship. The local team usually acts in a 3-5-2, favoring fast transitions and attacks through the wings: La Gumina and Caputo must play in the attack front. Caputo is the best scorer of Empoli, with 7 goals scored. In the midfield it is possible for Pasqual, Bennacer, Traorè, Krunic and Di Lorenzo to act. There are no absences of weight for this game.
The away team is currently in the 18 th position, with 11 points won, after 2 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against Fiorentina, by (0-0). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Sampdoria, by (4-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 5 draws and 9 losses in away matches, with 8 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 30 goals scored and 15 conceded. In the last match they played, for Coppa Italia, they beat Crotone at home (3-0). In the last 7 away league matches Bologna has a record of 3 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 3 points out of 21 possible.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 7 away matches. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 14 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 8 times and have only won 1 result. In the last 8 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 5 of their 13 goals between minutes (16′-30 ‘).
The Bologna comes to this match with a triumph, 3-0, at the reception to Crotone, in a game for the Italian Cup. In the last match for the championship, the visitors lost against Sampdoria, 4-1. Unlike the rival of this match, the visiting club usually acts in a 4-3-3, using three high quality players in the most advanced line: Orsolini, Santander and Palacio. It is important to note that the visitors present great defensive weaknesses, having suffered on average 1.86 goals per game away from home. Federico Santander is the best scorer in Bologna, with 4 goals scored. Coach Filippo Inzaghinón can count on Calabresi, suspended.