Fiorentina vs Empoli – Hosts great value to win in Florence

Fiorentina vs Empoli Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

At odds of 1.86, there is value on a home win when Fiorentina take on Empoli in an Italian Serie A clash at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. The hosts have a good record in this fixture and are poised to secure the victory on Sunday.

ACF Fiorentina Form & Team News 

La Viola have not been at their best this season with just four wins from 15 Serie A fixtures. They are winless in their last seven Serie A matches having played out six draws in that run and a similar outcome in Sunday’s clash is priced at 3.65 by bookmakers.
Fiorentina were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw away at Sassuolo in their previous Serie A outing last Sunday. Stefano Pioli’s team came back from two goals down with strikes from Giovanni Simeone, Marco Benassi and Kevin Mirallas earning them the point.
Nikola Milenkovic is suspended for this tie after receiving a red card in the clash at Sassuolo. Simeone is set to start after ending a lengthy goal drought last Sunday while Benassi is also likely to continue in midfield following a run of three goals in his last six matches.
Stefano Pioli Fiorentina team should have enough to end recent winless run (Getty Images)

Empoli FC Form & Team News

The Blues have also claimed four wins from 15 Serie A fixtures this season, three of which have come in the last five matches. They are winless away from home this season.
Giuseppe Iachini’s men head to Florence off the back of a 2-1 victory over Bologna in their last league outing. They took an early lead through Francesco Caputo and had to wait till the 80th minute before Antonio La Gumina struck the second.
Caputo and La Gumina have impressed for Empoli this season with a combined 10 goals. Both men are set to start but could be undone by a poor defence that has conceded 30 goals already.

Fiorentina vs Empoli Head-to-Head 

Fiorentina have claimed 11 wins and suffered just three defeats in 18 previous matches against Empoli. The last renewal of this fixture came in the 2016-17 Serie A season with both teams winning away from home.

Fiorentina vs Empoli Match Up 

Fiorentina tend to do well against Empoli with eight wins in the last 14 matches. They are particularly solid at home against the visitors having claimed five wins in the previous eight matches.
The hosts will be banking on Simeone who appears to be returning to his best form after going through a rough patch. The striker combines well with Benassi and Chiesa and all three men will be confident of getting the better of the Empoli defence.
Giovanni Simeone is likely to be the key man for Fiorentina (Getty Images)

Fiorentina vs Empoli Key Statistics 

  • Fiorentina have won 9 of their last 14 matches against Empoli (All Competitions).
  • Fiorentina have won 5 of their last 8 home matches against Empoli (All Competitions).
  • Fiorentina and Empoli have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 meetings (All Competitions).
  • Empoli have lost 6 of their last 9 away matches (Serie A).

Verdict

Fiorentina have a good record in this fixture and are poised to end their seven-match winless run. 
Best Bet: Fiorentina Win @ 1.86 – 6 Units
Value Bet: Fiorentina Win & Over 2.5 goals @ 2.77 – 3 units
Correct Score Tip: Fiorentina Win 2-1 @ 8.60 – 1 Units

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