Empoli vs Palermo Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Empoli vs Palermo Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Empoli and Palermo will square off in the first Serie A game of 2017 on Saturday evening, with both teams looking to put their campaign back on track. Empoli were beaten 2-1 on the road at Atalanta last time out, despite the fact that Levan Mchedlidze gave Giovanni Martusciello’s men the lead in the 51st minute. Meanwhile, Palermo were held to a 1-1 home draw by Pescara, with Eugenio Corini’s side conceding the equaliser in the stoppage time. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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Empoli Preview

Empoli have endured a mixed run of form towards the end of 2016, registering two wins, four defeats and two draws in their last eight games in the Serie A. They were on a two-game unbeaten run prior to their 2-1 away defeat at Atalanta in their most recent Serie A fixture. Empoli were without star player Riccardo Saponara for that game, while Daniele Croce failed to make a good impression in his absence. The defeat leaves Empoli in 17th position in the Serie A table, just four points clear of the relegation zone. The Azzurri have a massive problem with scoring goals as they hold the worst offensive record in the division, scoring just 10 goals in 18 rounds. Levan Mchedlidze’s strike against Atalanta last time out was his third goal of the season, and he is now the club’s topscorer. Massimo Maccarone and Riccardo Saponara have also bagged four goals and 2 assists between them so far this season. On home soil, Empoli were on a seven-game winless streak in all competitions prior to their 2-0 win over Cagliari in their most recent Serie A home fixture. The good news is that Empoli are undefeated in the last five home meetings with Palermo in all competitions, conceding just two goals in the process.

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Palermo Preview

Palermo have also endured an awful start to the season, but it appears they have found some consistency of late. The Rosanero head into this clash off the back of a two-game unbeaten streak in the Serie A, winning 3-4 on the road at Genoa and drawing 1-1 against Pescara. They still find themselves in a precarious situation in 18th place in the Serie A table, but they are now just four points off the 17th-placed and their Saturday’s opponents Empoli. Palermo scored a couple more goals than Empoli this season, but they looked awful at the other end of the pitch. The Rosanero have conceded 35 goals in 18 rounds, which is the worst defensive record in the division. At the other end of the pitch, Ilija Nestorovski has played a decisive role for Palermo this season, as the 26-year-old striker is currently leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 7 goals in his 18 league appearances. Their away form has been a complete mixed bag with four defeats, three draws and two wins in their nine away league fixtures this season. They were on a four-game losing run on the road in the Serie A prior to their 3-4 win at Genoa in their most recent league trip.

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Empoli Team News

Marco Zambeli, Guido Marilungo, Andrea Costa, Riccardo Saponara and Vincent Laurini are all doubts, while Frederic Veseli is out through injury. The good news is that Roman Chanturia and Manuel Pasqual are both back in training.

Palermo Team News

Aleksandar Trajkovskii and Ouasim Bouy are both doubts, but Slobodan Rajkovic and Sinisa Andelkovic are both missing through injury. The good news is that Simone Giuliano, Leonardo Marson and Alessandro Diamanti are all back in training.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Both sides have struggled for consistency in 2016, and both will look to kick off the new year in a much better manner. Scoring goals has been a problem for both sides, so I’m expecting a low-scoring affair here. To strengthen up this affirmation, it has to be said that the last three meetings between these two sides have seen just one goal scored.

Under 2.5 goals at 8/13

Both teams to score - No at 4/5

Empoli saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Empoli have not conceded a goal in 60% of their last 10 games played against Palermo

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

AVG Goals

0.8

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

1

Draw

3

Lost

6
L H

12-08-2018

Coppa Italia

Cittadella Team Logo Cittadella

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

19-08-2018

Serie A

Cagliari Team Logo Cagliari

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

26-08-2018

Serie A

Genoa Team Logo Genoa

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

02-09-2018

Serie A

Chievo Verona Team Logo Chievo Verona

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

06-09-2018

Club Friendlies

Arezzo Team Logo Arezzo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

16-09-2018

Serie A

Lazio Team Logo Lazio

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

21-09-2018

Serie A

Sassuolo Team Logo Sassuolo

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

27-09-2018

Serie A

AC Milan Team Logo AC Milan

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

30-09-2018

Serie A

Parma Calcio 1913 Team Logo Parma Calcio 1913

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

06-10-2018

Serie A

Roma Team Logo Roma

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

Palermo Form Guide

Palermo Team Logo

Palermo

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
W H

13-06-2018

Serie B Promotion Playoff

Frosinone Team Logo Frosinone

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

16-06-2018

Serie B Promotion Playoff

Frosinone Team Logo Frosinone

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

05-08-2018

Coppa Italia

L.R. Vicenza Virtus Team Logo L.R. Vicenza Virtus

FT 8 - 7

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

12-08-2018

Coppa Italia

Cagliari Team Logo Cagliari

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

25-08-2018

Serie B

Salernitana Team Logo Salernitana

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

31-08-2018

Serie B

Cremonese Team Logo Cremonese

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

16-09-2018

Serie B

Foggia Team Logo Foggia

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

22-09-2018

Serie B

Perugia Team Logo Perugia

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

25-09-2018

Serie B

Brescia Team Logo Brescia

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

07-10-2018

Serie B

Crotone Team Logo Crotone

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Empoli Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.6

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

Palermo Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

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 Palermo Sidelined Players

Empoli
3 Marco Zambelli Injured
15 Andrea Costa Injured
18 Alberto Gilardino Injured
Palermo
5 Slobodan Rajkovic Injured
70 Simone Giuliano Injured
4 Sinisa Andjelkovic Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
28 GK Lukasz Skorupski 187 84
2 LB Vincent Laurini 173 72
24 CD Uros Cosic 187 76
6 CD Giuseppe Bellusci 185 75
21 RB Manuel Pasqual 178 71
8 CDM Assane Diousse 183 77
33 CDM Rade Krunic 184 74
10 CM Riccardo Saponara 184 73
11 CDM Daniele Croce 175 68
9 CF Levan Mchedlidze 192 84
89 CF Guido Marilungo 175 69
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Josip Posavec 190 80
12 CD Giancarlo Gonzalez 186 78
15 CD Thiago Cionek 184 81
6 CD Edoardo Goldaniga 188 79
3 LM Andrea Rispoli 187 78
28 CM Mato Jajalo 181 78
14 CM Alessandro Gazzi 184 81
89 RM Michel Morganella 183 74
25 AM Bruno Henrique 180 75
21 AM Robin Quaison 180 70
30 CF Ilija Nestorovski 182 74