Empoli vs Cagliari Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Empoli vs Cagliari Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Empoli and Cagliari will square off at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Saturday afternoon, with both teams looking to get back to winning ways in the Serie A. Empoli managed a goalless away draw at Bologna last weekend, while Cagliari were 0-5 thrashed at home by SSC Napoli. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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Empoli Preview

Empoli extended their unbeaten head-to-head record over Bologna last weekend, as they managed a goalless away draw at the Rossoblu. However, the Azzurri still find themselves in a precarious situation as they enter the fray off the back of a five-game winless streak in all competitions. During this run of form, Empoli were beaten 1-2 in extra time by Cesena in the Coppa Italia and were eliminated from the competition. Regarding their Serie A campaign, the Azzurri currently stand only in 17th place in the Serie A table with 11 points to their name after 16 rounds, just two points clear of the drop zone. Scoring goals has definitely been Empoli’s biggest problem this season, as they hold the worst offensive record in the division with just 7 goals scored in 16 league fixtures. Riccardo Saponara and the veteran striker Massimo Maccarone have been Empoli’s most in-form players in front of goal so far this season, as the pair have bagged 4 goals and 2 assists between them. Their home form has also been a problem as they are winless in the last seven home fixtures in all competitions, losing five and drawing twice in this term. The good news is that Empoli have won four of the last five home meetings with Cagliari, scoring at least 3 goals in three of these games.

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Cagliari Preview

Meanwhile, Cagliari’s two-game unbeaten streak in the Serie A ended last weekend as they were 0-5 thrashed at home by SSC Napoli. This leaves Cagliari only in 14th position in the league table tied on 20 points with the 13th-placed Genoa, already 11 points clear of the relegation zone. Massimo Rastelli’s boys were on a three-game winning run in the Serie A between the end of September to the middle of November, but they have only won two games since then. During this poor run of form, Cagliari were knocked out from the Coppa Italia following a 3-0 defeat on the road at Sampdoria towards the end of November. Cagliari’s main issue throughout this Serie A campaign has been their sloppy defence, as they hold the worst defensive record in the division with 37 goals conceded in 16 league games. Furthermore, Cagliari aren’t regarded as good travellers as they have only won once in their nine competitive away fixtures this season while losing six in the process. The good news is that Cagliari picked up an impressive 0-4 win in their most recent visit to the Stadio Carlo Castellani. Marco Borriello has been Cagliari’s most prolific player in front of goal this season, as the 34-year-old striker is currently leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 6 goals in his 16 league appearances.

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Empoli Team News

Marco Zambelli, Frederic Veseli and Manuel Pucciarelli are all doubts, but Roman Chanturia is back in training following his knee injury.

Cagliari Team News

Nicola Murru and Artur Ionita are both missing through injury, while Marco Borriello and Luca Bittante are both doubts. The good news is that Geraldino dos Santos Galvao Joao Pedro is back in training following his broken leg.

Betting Predictions and Tips

It’s a tricky game as both teams looked awful over the past few months. Although, Cagliari looked much better than Empoli and they managed an impressive tally of 23 goals so far. I’m backing Cagliari to get on the scoresheet in this match and to secure at least a draw.

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Both teams to score - Yes at 3/4

Empoli saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Empoli saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Cagliari

Cagliari saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Cagliari saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Empoli

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Empoli Form Guide

Empoli Team Logo

Empoli

Won

7

Draw

3

Lost

0
D A

24-02-2018

Serie B

Cittadella Team Logo Cittadella

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

27-02-2018

Serie B

Avellino Team Logo Avellino

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

11-03-2018

Serie B

Entella Team Logo Entella

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

17-03-2018

Serie B

Venezia Team Logo Venezia

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

25-03-2018

Serie B

Pescara Team Logo Pescara

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

29-03-2018

Serie B

Salernitana Team Logo Salernitana

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

02-04-2018

Serie B

Foggia Team Logo Foggia

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

07-04-2018

Serie B

Spezia Team Logo Spezia

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-04-2018

Serie B

Pro Vercelli Team Logo Pro Vercelli

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

17-04-2018

Serie B

Cesena Team Logo Cesena

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

Cagliari Form Guide

Cagliari Team Logo

Cagliari

Won

2

Draw

2

Lost

6
D A

11-02-2018

Serie A

Sassuolo Team Logo Sassuolo

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

17-02-2018

Serie A

ChievoVerona Team Logo ChievoVerona

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

26-02-2018

Serie A

SSC Napoli Team Logo SSC Napoli

FT 0 - 5

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

11-03-2018

Serie A

Lazio Team Logo Lazio

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

18-03-2018

Serie A

Benevento Team Logo Benevento

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

31-03-2018

Serie A

Torino Team Logo Torino

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

03-04-2018

Serie A

Genoa Team Logo Genoa

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

08-04-2018

Serie A

Hellas Verona Team Logo Hellas Verona

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-04-2018

Serie A

Udinese Team Logo Udinese

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

17-04-2018

Serie A

Inter Team Logo Inter

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Empoli Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Cagliari Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Empoli vs Cagliari Sidelined Players

Empoli
13 Frederic Veseli Injured
Cagliari
29 Nicola Murru Injured
21 Artur Ionita Injured
22 Marco Borriello Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
28 GK Lukasz Skorupski 187 84
21 RB Manuel Pasqual 178 71
15 CD Andrea Costa 182 73
3 LB Marco Zambelli 180 77
6 CD Giuseppe Bellusci 185 75
10 CM Riccardo Saponara 184 73
11 CDM Daniele Croce 175 68
8 CDM Assane Diousse 183 77
33 CDM Rade Krunic 184 74
9 CF Levan Mchedlidze 192 84
89 CF Guido Marilungo 175 69
No. Pos Player M kg
30 GK Marco Storari 187 76
23 CD Luca Ceppitelli 189 83
19 RB Fabio Pisacane 178 77
2 CD Bruno Alves 187 83
3 LB Mauricio Isla 177 72
17 CM Diego Farias 172 63
4 CDM Daniele Dessena 181 74
20 CDM Simone Padoin 179 73
18 CDM Nicolo Barella 166 54
25 CF Marco Sau 169 65
9 CF Federico Melchiorri 176 76