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The Serie A fixture at Stadio Carlo Castellani on Saturday will see home side Empoli go up against Salernitana.
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Empoli will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 4-2 Serie A losing effort in their last game against Inter Milan.
In that game, Empoli managed 35% possession and 4 attempts on goal with 2 on target. For Empoli, the goals were scored by Andrea Pinamonti (5'), Kristjan Asllani (28') and Simone Romagnoli (40' Own goal). At the other end, Inter Milan got 37 attempts on goal with 10 on target. Lautaro Martínez (45', 64') and Alexis Sánchez (94') scored for Inter Milan.
It has not been often in recent games that Empoli have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Empoli have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 14 goals on the way. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend can be continued on into this next match.
In their last game, Salernitana drew 1-1 in the Serie A tie with Cagliari.
In that match, Salernitana had 49% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Salernitana was Simone Verdi (68'). For their opponents, Cagliari got 9 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Giorgio Altare (99') scored for Cagliari.
Looking at their form, and Salernitana have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 5 goals overall. In defence, Salernitana seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Looking at their past form shows that Salernitana:
- have not beaten Empoli when they have played them away from home in the previous 7 league games. Not good.
- are undefeated in their previous 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head clashes going back to 29/03/2018 tells us that Empoli have won 4 of these games and Salernitana 1, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 23 overall at an average of 3.83 goals per match.
The last league meeting between the two was Serie A match day 9 on 23/10/2021 when the final score was Salernitana 2-4 Empoli.
That day, Salernitana managed 61% possession and 11 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The goals were scored by Stefan Strandberg (13' Own goal) and Luca Ranieri (48').
On the other side, Empoli got 11 shots on goal with 6 on target. Andrea Pinamonti (2', 45'), Patrick Cutrone (11') and Ardian Ismajli (55' Own goal) scored.
The referee was Daniele Doveri.
Team News: Empoli
Emmanuel Ekong (Unknown Injury), Riccardo Marchizza (Cruciate Ligament Injury), Nicolas Haas (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Lorenzo Tonelli (Cruciate Ligament Injury) aren’t available for Empoli boss Aurelio Andreazzoli.
We think that Azzurri may well opt for a 4-3-1-2 formation for the game, handing starts to Guglielmo Vicario, Petar Stojanovic, Simone Romagnoli, Sebastiano Luperto, Fabiano Parisi, Szymon Zurkowski, Kristjan Asllani, Filippo Bandinelli, Valerio Verre, Patrick Cutrone and Andrea Pinamonti.
Team News: Salernitana
In an otherwise healthy squad, there’s only the one fitness issue for the Salernitana boss Davide Nicola to contend with. Luca Ranieri (Muscular problems) won’t be in action. Players who are serving a ban and are therefore ineligible to play are Emil Bohinen and Franck Ribéry.
It’s our belief that I granata might make use of a 3-5-2 system, giving starts to Luigi Sepe, Norbert Gyomber, Ivan Radovanovic, Federico Fazio, Pasquale Mazzocchi, Grigoris Kastanos, Lassana Coulibaly, Ederson, Joel Chukwuma Obi, Milan Djuric and Simone Verdi.
Empoli must be fancied to get a goal against this Salernitana outfit, but a single goal likely won’t be good enough.
We are therefore anticipating a narrow 1-2 win for Salernitana when the full-time whistle blows. Should be an interesting one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani (16,800)
Captain: Simone Romagnoli
Chairman: Fabrizio Corsi
Manager: Aurelio Andreazzoli
Competitions: Serie A position 14
⭐ Star Player: Andrea Pinamonti
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Andrea Pinamonti was born in Cles, Italy. After making a first senior appearance for Inter Milan in the 2016 - 2017 season, the gifted Forward has netted 13 league goals in this Serie A 2021 - 2022 campaign so far in a total of 35 appearances.