Verona vs Empoli: prediction for the Serie A fixture
Verona started the season with three defeats in a row - to Sassuolo (2:3), Inter Milan (1:3), and Bologna (0:1). Following these results, the club management decided to fire Eusebio Di Francesco, and appointed Igor Tudor as the new head coach.
In the first match under Tudor,the Mastiffs created a sensation and defeated Roma at home. Since then, the Mastiffs have lost only one Serie A game, to AC Milan (2:3), but they looked solid even against the Rossoneri and had a 2:0 lead at halftime. Verona are currently 10th in the standings with 16 points, five points behind the European club competition zone.
Empoli lost three out of four games at the start of the season, but managed to beat Juventus 1:0 in Turin. Aurelio Andreazzoli worked hard to improve his teams' results, and by matchday 13,the Azzurri are in 11th place in the table with 16 points in the asset - the same as their hosts today.
The Azzurri have a comfortable seven points handicap against the relegation zone. In the last round, Empoli recorded a 2:2 draw with Genoa, managing to avoid defeat for the second match in a row.
This score was recorded in 2 out of 11 home games of Verona.
Verona scored in the first half in their last 3 home games.
In the last 2 matches of Empoli, this bet played.
Verona have looked impressive in recent fixtures. In the last game before the international break, the Mastiffs got a draw with Napoli - and in fact, they were very close to upsetting the league leaders. Today the hosts will strive to get a win, and we think they will be successful. After all, even Juve and Lazio were defeated at Marcantonio Bentegodi.
Our prediction - Verona to win
Verona are the favourites here. The Mastiffs are on top form, they demonstrate quality football and regularly earn points at home. At the same time, Empoli won't give in without a fight - the Azzurri will use sharp counterattacks to put pressure on the hosts. We predict a narrow win for Verona.
Our second bet - Verona to win by 1 goal