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The Serie A tie at Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo on Sunday sees hosts Venezia facing opposition in the form of Empoli.
Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for Venezia v Empoli (plus the best game odds).
Venezia will be wanting a better result here following a 2-0 Coppa Italia defeat last time out to Atalanta.
In that game, Venezia managed 46% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 2 on target. On the other side, Atalanta got 18 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Luis Muriel (12') and Joakim Mæhle (88') scored for Atalanta.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games where Venezia have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Venezia have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 11 goals on the way. With no two games being the same, it remains to be seen whether such a trend might be maintained here in this match.
Analysis of their past results shows that Venezia:
- haven't lost in the league to Empoli in their previous 3 games.
- have not won at home in their last 5 league games. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
After being beaten in their last game against Sassuolo in Serie A competition, Empoli and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Empoli had 45% possession and 15 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Empoli was Liam Henderson (16'). For their opponents, Sassuolo got 25 attempts at goal with 14 on target. Domenico Berardi (13'), Giacomo Raspadori (24', 71') and Gianluca Scamacca (67', 92') scored for Sassuolo.
Over the course of their last 6 clashes, Empoli have bagged the sum of 12 goals. Empoli have also managed to score on each one of those occasions. During that period, they have had 16 goals go into their own net.
Their previous form shows that Empoli:
- are unbeaten in their last 4 away league matches.
- are without a win away from home in their last 2 league games.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels going back to 17/03/2018, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Venezia winning 2 of those games, Empoli 2 and 2 being draws in regulation time.
16 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 8 of them from Arancioneroverdi and 8 being from Azzurri. The average goals per game has been 2.67.
The previous league game between these clubs was Serie A match day 3 on 11/09/2021 which ended up with the score at Empoli 1-2 Venezia.
That day, Empoli had 68% possession and 22 shots at goal with 6 on target. The scorer was Nedim Bajrami (89').
On the other side, Venezia got 10 shots at goal with 3 on target. Thomas Henry (13') and David Okereke (68') scored.
The referee was Antonio Rapuano.
Team News: Venezia
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Venezia boss Paolo Zanetti to be concerned about from a near full-strength set of players. Antonio Junior Vacca (Unknown Injury) will miss out. Michael Svoboda is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: Empoli
Empoli manager Aurelio Andreazzoli has not got a full squad to pick from. Tommaso Baldanzi (Ankle Injury), Fabiano Parisi (Muscular problems), Federico Di Francesco (Muscle Injury), Emmanuel Ekong (Unknown Injury) and Nicolas Haas (Torn Knee Ligament) will not be playing here. Mattia Viti is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
It’s looking like Empoli and Venezia may well find themselves both scoring in what promises to be a very even battle here.
A draw is a real possibility, as we are expecting there to be little between them. We’re therefore anticipating a close game with a 1-1 score when the referee blows the full-time whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo (7,389)
Captain: Marco Modolo
Chairman: Duncan Niederauer
Manager: Paolo Zanetti
Competitions: Serie A position 17, Coppa Italia (3rd Round)
⭐ Key Player: Thomas Henry
Typically taking up the Striker position, Thomas Henry was born in Argentuil, France. Having made his senior debut playing for Nantes in the 2015 - 2016 season, the skilful Forward has scored 3 league goals in the Serie A 2021 - 2022 campaign so far in a total of 18 appearances.