Chievo (@2.87) vs Empoli (@2.5)
30-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Empoli will win

Chievo – Empoli Match Prediction | 30-08-2019 15:00

He has 8 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 team as well. He has been playing for the Azzurri ever since and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the Serie A side in a 2-0 win over Genoa in October, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Krunic made his Bosnia and Herzegovina debut in a friendly against Denmark on June 3, 2016.

Were backing the visitors on the double chance market, as they have enough to come away with something from this trip. Theyve lost just two of the last 11 league meetings between these two, while theyve drawn five of their last seven visits to this ground. The Azzurri look confident since returning to the top flight, and the manner of their displays so far makes us think they could add to Chievos woes.

Chievo are not regarded as good travelers, therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the Azzurri on Matchday 22. Empoli, on the other hand, are sitting in the danger zone at the moment, meaning that this game is of big importance for them. The clash against the Mussi Volanti could be crucial for the Azzurri in their battle for survival and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. Chievo are running down a blind alley ahead of the trip to Empoli. The Mussi Volanti are stuck at the bottom of the Serie A standings and they head into Saturdays football game following a 4-3 home loss to Fiorentina. The rock-bottom side are nine points behind the safe zone in the Serie A table, meaning that the lack of confidence is likely to prove to be a big problem for them in the Stadio Carlo Castelani clash.

Head To Head

Their big issue here is that theyve scored just six times in their 10 away trips to date, a huge issue considering that they cant stop leaking goals. Defeat in this clash will only push them further towards the drop, with Serie B looking unavoidable for the Gialloblu at this stage. Theyve returned to action in 2019 with back to back defeats, but can they boost that in this clash with Empoli? Chievo have managed just one victory in 21 games, which has left them struggling to get close to safety.

However, they can be relieved that theyre an all or nothing team, who usually win or lose at home, with just one draw here so far. They come into Saturdays clash with expectations on them to lift the points, especially given how poor Chievo have been this term. The hosts were beaten 3-1 by Genoa in their last league game, which felt like a huge missed opportunity to move away from danger. Empoli have had a mixed record at their own ground, and they have to improve on their tally of 13 points from 11 games. That should stand them in good stead against a team who have failed to win away all season.

The Gialloblu have now got a huge hammering to bounce back from, while they need to work to contain a defence which just cant stop conceding goals. However, that quickly took a turn for the worse as they were hammered 6-1 at Fiorentina last weekend. After putting up a fight against Juventus, Chievo looked set to make a strong start to the new campaign. Can the visitors start their turnaround by picking up their first win of the season when they host Empoli in Verona this weekend?

The hosts were beaten 3-1 by Genoa in their last league game, which felt like a huge missed opportunity to move away from danger. Empoli have had a mixed record at their own ground, and they have to improve on their tally of 13 points from 11 games. However, they can be relieved that theyre an all or nothing team, who usually win or lose at home, with just one draw here so far. That should stand them in good stead against a team who have failed to win away all season. They come into Saturdays clash with expectations on them to lift the points, especially given how poor Chievo have been this term.

They were relegated as a low scoring, unadventurous side. Empoli have recorded 49 touches in the opposing box in Serie A this season, only three sides have managed more (Juventus, Atalanta and AS Roma). They return as an exciting addition to Serie A, as shown by their strong start going forward. They bounced back at the first opportunity, turning their form around last Autumn to mount a charge for the promotion spots, before securing first place. The Azzurri took the chance in the second tier to transform themselves. Empoli know what its like to come out of the second tier, after they won Serie B last season.

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Theres always been the feeling that the Flying Donkeys are like the cat with many lives as they manage to keep on coasting by season after season without much effort, but their luck just may have run out, as was seen last campaign. Chievo spent much of last season desperately fighting relegation and managed to squeeze by and avoid the drop. However, other teams performing much worse keep propping them up, but this time around, they may not be as lucky as the newly promoted sides appear to be more competitive.

Their willingness to get forward and attack has to worry the hosts, who have kicked off the season by conceding nine times in just two games. However, the stats clearly point to them being one of the more entertaining teams towards the bottom of Serie A. The Azzurri have started with a win and a defeat, beating Cagliari at home before a narrow loss at Genoa last weekend.

Goalscorers

Chievo have conceded 42 times in their 21 league games so far, letting in the majority of those on the road. It probably will be if theyre to win the game. Theyre right at the bottom of the pile in terms of defensive records as a result of those poor numbers, but will that be something Empoli will exploit this weekend? The away side have seen that tally boosted in 2019, which has seen a 3-0 loss at Juventus and a 4-3 home defeat by Fiorentina.