Empoli vs Roma: prediction for the Serie A fixture
Empoli kicked off their Serie A campaign with a defeat to Spezia (0:1). After that, Paolo Zanetti's side played out a goalless draw against Fiorentina - they were one man down from minute 66 but managed to eke out one point. Then, the Azzurri shared the spoils with Lecce (1:1).
Another draw was recorded in Empoli's home game against Verona (1:1). Empoli were active on offense and scored the first goal, but made defensive mistakes which eventually allowed the opponents to level the score. Finally, in the last round, Empoli drew against Salernitana (2:2). Currently, Zanetti's team is in 15th place in the standings, only two points away from the danger zone.
Roma, unlike their hosts, delivered solid results at the start of the season. Jose Mourinho's team started their campaign with two straight wins against Salernitana (1:0) and Cremonese (1:0). The Wolves could have suffered their first defeat in the third-round match against Juventus, but Tammy Abraham's goal saved the team (1:1). After that, Roma crushed Monza (3:0).
In their last Serie A game, Roma suffered a devastating defeat at Udinese (0:4). Following that loss, Mourinho's men dropped to the 6th line in the table. Last week, Roma lost in their first Europa League game. Despite having a better team on paper, the Wolves yielded to Ludogorets (1:2).
This score was recorded in 2 of the last 8 games between the clubs.
This bet played in the last 5 games between the clubs.
In the last 3 games, Empoli scored before halftime.
Roma looked bleak in the last couple of games. They weren't ready for the sharp counterattacks of Udinese and underestimated their opponents in the Europa League. But tonight the Wolves should be able to find motivation and get an important confidence-boosting win. Roma have ambitious goals for the season, and they need to get back to the winning ways.
Our prediction – Asian handicap (-1) to Roma
Empoli are yet to win in the new Serie A season. They were close to winning in several games, but defensive mistakes prevented the team from earning three points. Roma will strive to win tonight, and we don't think that the Azzurri have enough firepower to stop them. We predict a two-goal win for the visitors.
Second prediction – Roma to win by 2 goals