Empoli – Juventus SOCCER PICKS
Empoli and Juventus face Stadio Carlo Castellani, in a match for the 10 th round of Serie A. The record of direct confrontations in this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 3 matches won 3. Indeed, the last time These two teams met at this stadium on 02-10-2016, in a match for the Serie A that ended with the victory of Juventus by (0-3). P. Dybala (65 ‘) and G. Higuaín (67’ and 70 ‘) scored the goals of the match for Juventus.
The home team is currently in the 18 th position of the league, with 6 points won, after 1 win, 3 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost at home against Roma, by (0-2). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Frosinone, by (3-3). For the championship, Empoli won 4 points out of 12 possible points, after 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 4 matches played at their stadium.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 8 matches. The team has conceded goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 9 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: it only opened the scoring in 2 of its last 9 games for Serie A, of these 2 it reached the break in advantage in 1 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 1. In 9 matches in this tournament, suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback.
The Empoli comes to this unmotivated game, after another day without winning, to tie in the field of Frosinone, 3-3: the goals of the team were scored by Salih Ucan, Zajc and Silvestre. In this way, the local fans are concerned with the performance of the team, since at this moment it occupies the relegation zone. The strategy to be used by coach Aurelio Andreazzoli for this game is more than designed, that is, defend with nearby sectors and look for spaces in the opponent’s midfield to counterattack. Italian striker Francesco Caputo is the best scorer of this Empoli, with 3 goals scored. Apparently, Polvano and Veseli will be absent from this game, due to an injury.
After 8 wins and 1 draw, the away team is currently in the 1 st position, with 25 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Udinese, by (0-2). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Genoa, by (1-1). The team comes to this match after a win away with Manchester United by (0-1).
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 away matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have always scored at least one goal in the last 9 matches for this competition. This is a team that usually does not feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 8 of the last 9 games for Serie A, of these 8 came to the break in advantage in 4 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 7. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 5 of their 14 goals between minutes (46′-60’).
Juventus is making a fantastic start to the championship, as it won the first 8 matches. However, on the last day he added a draw against Genoa, by 1-1: the only goal of the team was scored by Cristiano Ronaldo. For this away game, coach Massimiliano Allegri must keep the team in 4-3-3, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks: Pjanic is the great organizer of the offensive process. Cristiano Ronaldo and Mandzukic are the most dangerous players in the attack front of Juventus, both being very powerful and competent in the finalization. For this game the coach can not count on Khedira and Emre Can, both due to injury.