Empoli VS AC Milan Prediction
Empoli takes on third-placed AC Milan with only one victory against its reputable opposition in past 13 years, when on Saturday night both sides will meet at the “Stadio Carlo Castellani” in Empoli. Sleeping giant from Milan shows some symptoms of improvement under Vincenzo Montella’s management and “The Rossoneri” are currently third in the Italian Serie A’s standings, having won 26 points out of first 13 rounds. This seems to be much better compared with 7th position from season 2015-2016, so AC Milan finds inspiration and eventual top 3 finish combined with a Champions League return at the end of current campaign can be a sudden step towards resurrection.
Empoli vs AC Milan – Team News and Match Preview
After 1/3 of the 2016-17 Serie A season is already history, Empoli doesn’t offer any optimism to its fans and “The Blues” are currently 17th. “The Tuscans” are just one place above the danger zone and they have failed to score in nine of the last 10 rounds. Thus Empoli finds itself with only 3 points over 18th placed Pescara, which surely cause some reasonable worries inside squad led by Giovanni Martusciello. The 0-4 win in Pescara right before the international break was the only source of goals for Empoli in last 10 Serie A rounds, but it has been followed by a 0-4 defeat against regional rivals from province of Florence – Fiorentina, last weekend.
All these poor attacking efforts leave Empoli with only 10 points in 13 rounds, with hopes to put an end of the goal drought at home, which dates since the 2-1 win against Crotone from first half of September.
AC Milan arrives in Empoli after a 2-2 draw in the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday evening. Suso scored both goals and also gave advantage of Milan twice, but their defense couldn’t hold the lead. “The Nerazzuri” have found a way to answer in both occasions, including a late equalizer by Ivan Perisic in stoppage time of the clash at the “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza” in Milan. This has stopped Milan on their way to third consecutive success, but they surely have good arguments for chasing the full set of points on Saturday night.
In historical aspect “Stadio Carlo Castellani” hasn’t been best possible venue for “The Rossoneri’, but besides three draws in their last four visits there, Milan also avoids losing. Indeed, AC Milan can boast with 7 victories, 4 draws and only 1 defeat (0-1 at the “San Siro” from October 2007) against Empoli in last 13 years.
Empoli vs AC Milan – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Alessio Romagnoli, who missed derby against Inter Milan due to a physical problem, is expected to be ready for round 14, but we won’t be surprised if Paraguayan central defender Gustavo Gomez retains its starting position next to Gabriel Paletta. Meanwhile, Vincenzo Montella cannot rely to the injured quartet including names of Davide Calabria, Andrea Bertolacci, skipper Riccardo Montolivo and Colombian goal scorer Carlos Bacca. Absence of Bacca opens a starting spot for number 9 in current selection Gianluca Lapadula, who must justify the money paid for his transfer from Pescara last summer.
French right defender Vincent Laurini and Georgian attacker Levan Mchedlidze are both unavailable for the home side, where unquestionably biggest concern which Giovanni Martusciello has is related with the toothless attack. Veteran Massimo Maccarone and Manuel Pucciarelli usually form duo that tops Empoli’s 4-3-1-2 formation, but former Italian international Alberto Gilardino is also eager for first-team football. This seems to be biggest dilemma for Giovanni Martusciello at the moment, otherwise he doesn’t plan major rotations at the back or in midfield.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Despite Carlos Bacca’s injury, we still believe AC Milan shows good progress and their 0-3 defeat in Genoa, from end of October, should not be forgotten. That’s a good reason for some extra defensive effort on Saturday evening, as well as for more efficiency up front. Moreover, potential win can move them individually to the second position, at least until AS Roma’s home match vs Pescara 24 hours later.
We fancy chances for AC Milan here, which come with decent value (1X2 Betting), so our betting prediction suggests a victory of the away team – AC Milan to win its Serie A fixture against Empoli.
Venue: “Stadio Carlo Castellani”, Empoli.
Referee: Gianpaolo Calvarese.
Possible starting lineups of Empoli and AC Milan
FC Empoli: Lukasz Skorupski – Manuel Pasqual, Andrea Costa, Giuseppe Bellusci, Frederic Veseli – Daniele Croce, Jose Mauri, Rade Krunic – Ricardo Saponara – Manuel Pucciarelli, Massimo Maccarone. (4-3-1-2)
AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Ignazio Abate, Gabriel Paletta, Gustavo Gomez, Mattia De Sciglio – Juraj Kucka, Manuel Locatelli, Giacomo Bonaventura – Suso, M’Baye Niang, Gianluca Lapadula. (4-3-3)