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The Serie B clash at Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca on Saturday will see home side Ascoli take on Empoli.
Our Ascoli v Empoli predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Ascoli will be looking for a repeat result of the 1-2 Serie B success vs SPAL.
In that game, Ascoli had 38% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 6 on target. For Ascoli, goals were scored by Abdelhamid Sabiri (42') and Riad Bajić (53'). SPAL got 15 shots on goal with 4 on target. Mattia Valoti (26') scored for SPAL.
In their last six games, Andrea Sottil's Ascoli have hit the target a total of 9 times resulting in an average number of goals per match equal to 1.5.
Looking at their past form shows that Ascoli:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Empoli in their last 2 games.
- are unbeaten in their last 4 home league matches.
In their previous game, Empoli drew 2-2 in the Serie B match with Chievo Verona.
In that match, Empoli managed 47% possession and 14 shots at goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Empoli was Leonardo Mancuso (13', 61'). At the other end, Chievo Verona got 10 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Manuel De Luca (52') and Francesco Margiotta (82') scored for Chievo Verona.
In their last half-dozen outings, Empoli have amassed a total of 11 goals. Azzurri have also managed to score on each one of those occasions. In that time, they’ve had 6 goals go against them. Let’s see if that trend will be continued on here.
Ahead of this meeting, Empoli are undefeated in their last 14 away league matches. Quite incredible.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 09/03/2013 shows us that Ascoli have won 1 of them & Empoli 4, with the tally of draws being 1.
A combined sum of 15 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 5 from Bianconeri and 10 created by Azzurri. That is an average goals per game value of 2.5.
The last league game between these clubs was Serie B match day 16 on 30/12/2020 when the final score was Empoli 1-1 Ascoli.
In that match, Empoli managed 55% possession and 19 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The scorer was Stefano Moreo (72').
For their opponents, Ascoli had 13 shots at goal with 5 on target. Riad Bajić (2') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Giacomo Camplone.
Team News: Ascoli
Ascoli manager Andrea Sottil has no fitness worries to speak of coming into this game with a fully injury-free squad available for selection.
Team News: Empoli
Thanks to a mainly full-strength squad, there is just the sole fitness issue for the Empoli gaffer Alessio Dionisi to be concerned about. Riccardo Fiamozzi (Corona virus) won’t be in action. The suspended players who are serving a ban for this game are Simone Romagnoli and Leonardo Mancuso.
We feel that Ascoli will need to push hard to be putting a goal past this Empoli side who we think might win and very possibly keep a clean sheet.
That’s why we have predicted a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 0-1 winning score for Empoli at the end of this game.
Let’s see what happens.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca (12,400)
Captain: Riccardo Brosco
Chairman: Carlo Neri
Manager: Andrea Sottil
Competitions: Serie B position 16
🔑 Star Player: Federico Dionisi
Normally playing in the Striker position, Federico Dionisi was born in Rieti, Italy. Having made his senior debut playing for Livorno in the 2009 - 2010 season, the accomplished Forward has managed to score 5 league goals in the Serie B 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 23 appearances.