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Empoli will be at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on Saturday for the Serie A game with hosts Bologna.
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Bologna head into this fixture following a 0-0 Serie A drawn match against Empoli.
In that game, Bologna managed 44% possession and 0 attempts at goal with 0 of them on target. Empoli had 4 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
Bologna have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets lately, but they have also done enough to score goals themselves. Looking at their last 6 games, Bologna have seen their goal breached in 6 of them while also managing to get on the scoresheet in 5 of those matches. However, we’ll just have to find out if such a trend might persist here in this game.
Their previous form shows that Bologna:
- have not beaten Empoli in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their previous 3 league matches at home.
The stats tell the story, and Empoli have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 7 goals overall. Defensively, Empoli can certainly do much better.
Leading up to this clash, Empoli:
- have not registered a win against Bologna in games played away from home for the previous 3 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 2 league matches away from home.
- have not won away from home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
An examination of their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 11/12/2016 shows that Bologna have won 1 of these games & Empoli 3, with the tally of draws being 2.
A combined sum of 17 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 7 of them for Rossoblu and 10 netted by Azzurri. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.83.
The previous league fixture featuring these clubs was Serie A match day 24 on 06/02/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Bologna 0-0 Empoli.
That day, Bologna managed 60% possession and 12 shots at goal with 2 of them on target.
Empoli got 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Francesco Cosso.
Team News: Bologna
In our view, Rossoblu will possibly kick off with a 4-2-3-1 formation for this game, utilising Lukasz Skorupski, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Stefan Posch, Jhon Lucumi, Andrea Cambiaso, Gary Medel, Jerdy Schouten, Riccardo Orsolini, Roberto Soriano, Musa Barrow and Marko Arnautovic.
Team News: Empoli
Empoli manager Paolo Zanetti has to currently contend with reduced team options. Tommaso Baldanzi (Unknown Injury), Mattia Destro (Muscular problems) and Lorenzo Tonelli (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t be making appearances. Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
From our viewpoint, Azzurri seem most likely to begin the game with a 4-3-1-2 formation, going with Guglielmo Vicario, Petar Stojanovic, Ardian Ismajili, Sebastiano Luperto, Fabiano Parisi, Nicolas Haas, Razvan Marin, Filippo Bandinelli, Marko Pjaca, Sam Lammers and Martin Satriano.
In our view, Empoli will need to push hard to register a score against this Bologna team who will likely gain the upper hand.
We’re therefore tipping a very competitive encounter with a 1-0 win for Bologna when the full-time whistle blows.
A close call.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara (36,462)
Captain: Roberto Soriano
Chairman: Joey Saputo
Competitions: Serie A position 12, Coppa Italia (2nd Round)
⭐ Key Man: Marko Arnautović
Mostly taking up the Striker position, Marko Arnautović was born in Floridsdorf, Austria. After having made a senior debut playing for FC Twente in the 2006 - 2007 season, the accomplished Forward has struck 6 league goals in this Serie A 2022 - 2023 season to date coming from a total of 6 appearances.