Lazio – Empoli SOCCER PICKS
Empoli has not been successful in the past few years against Lazio, the last four encounters were lost and in those matches Empoli only managed to make one goal in total. In September, 0-1 was lost at home, Marco Parolo then made the only goal on behalf of Lazio.
Lazio managed to revive after the year started with two defeats in top matches. At first, it went down 2-1 at Napoli, then lost Juventus’s own home with 1-2 despite seventy minutes of good dominant football. It was already the seventh top match this season that the Romans did not win, six of which were even lost. In the cup, a topper was won after a penalty shootout. Initially Immobile seemed to be making the winning in the extension but after a violation of Radu, Icardi was allowed to make the 1-1 minute from the penalty spot in the 125th minute. In the semi-finals Lazio can visit AC Milan, where it can try to win the cup for the first time since 2013.
Lazio also took the lead again in the competition. It gave away some good chances to relegation candidate Frosinone, but for the first time in a month he managed to keep the zero himself. With the 0-1 victory, the Biancocelesti share fifth place with Atalanta and AS Roma, while number four AC Milan has only one point lead.
For this match Simone Inzaghi seems to have to make a number of changes. Badelj participated last weekend so that Leiva could get a rest and the Croatian finally excelled in the shirt of Lazio, against Frosinone he won the most tackles and the most duels in the air, he also had the most interceptions of all players on the field. Given that Alberto seems to be suffering from a muscle injury, Badelj will probably replace him, also playing Immobile is still uncertain. Certainly in view of the European confrontation with Sevilla next week, Inzaghi could choose to keep both men on the sidelines.
Empoli stands at seventeenth and is in danger of relegation all season. It has already been in seventh place for seven rounds, and it has also been in the degradation zone for six weeks. At the moment it has a point ahead of number eighteen Bologna, the team that won last weekend at Inter after changing coach.
Empoli will therefore have to take points to stay ahead of Bologna, at the moment it seems to be a tough job. No victory was achieved in the last seven games, five games were even lost. In addition, the defense is a hole cheese, Empoli got 44 goals against and thus has the weakest defense of the competition together with Chievo. In addition, Empoli, together with Chievo, is the only team that did not win a game yet this season, on the basis of a draw, it is with four points at the bottom of the rankings. The only bright spot in Empoli is Francesco Caputo, the experienced striker scored five times and gave two assists in his last ten matches.