Empoli and Napoli meet at Stadio Carlo Castellani, in a match for the 30 th round of Serie A. In the last direct match for this edition of the league, on 02-11-2018, Napoli won at home by (5- one). The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there was 1 draw and 1 win for each team in the last 3 matches. But the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 19-03-2017, for the Serie A, which ended in the victory of Napoli by (2-3). O. El Kaddouri (70 ‘) and M. Maccarone (82’) scored the goals of the match, for Empoli, and L. Insigne (19 ‘e 38’) and D. Mertens (24 ‘), for Napoli. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team is currently in the 18 th position of the league, with 25 points won, after 6 wins, 7 draws and 16 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Frosinone, by (2-1). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Juventus, by (1-0). 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 5 draws and 10 losses in away matches, with 13 goals scored and 32 conceded; against 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 24 suffered. In the last 10 home matches for the championship, Empoli won 5, drew 2 and lost 3, for which they won 17 points out of 30 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 10 of the last 15 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 29 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 19 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Empoli enters this round after a rebuff, by 1-0, in the displacement to the terrain of the leader Juventus, continuing thus in difficulties in this Italian championship. It is important to underline that the locals won only 2 of the last 10 games played, both wins in their stadium. The club of the house usually acts in a 3-5-2, favoring a style of game of constant transitions, in which the two most advanced men are Farias and Caputo. It should be noted that Francesco Caputo is the best scorer of Empoli, with 13 goals scored. Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli can not count on Polvani and Rasmussen, both with physical problems.
After 19 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses, the away team is currently in the 2 nd position, with 63 points won. In their last match, they beat Roma out by (1-4), after in the previous match they won at home, in a match against Udinese, by (4-2). 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 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 23 goals scored and 14 conceded; against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 34 goals scored and 10 suffered. For the league, Napoli won 21 points out of 30 possible points, after 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent final result at halftime was 0-0 (5 out of 14 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 29 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 8 times, but got the comeback in 3.
The Napoli enters this day after a triumph by 1-4 in the displacement to the land of the Rome, adding of this form the second followed victory in the Italian championship: the goals of the equipment were marked by Amin Younes, Verdi, Mertens and Milik The visiting club usually acts in a 4-4-2, in which the two men responsible for throwing the panic in the rival defense are Milik and Mertens. Thus, despite playing away from home, we believe that Naples will adopt an offensive stance, considering that it presents more individual and collective quality compared to the rival. The Polish Milik deserves all the individual highlight, as it is the best score of Naples, with 16 goals scored. For this match the visiting coach will not be able to count on Albiol, Insigne and Chiriches, all with physical problems.