AS Roma vs FC Empoli / Serie A – The last match of the 27th round puts together two teams that fight for different objective. Roma is in the race for European positions but it is in a weak shape, and on top of it they were eliminated from the Champions League. Empoli struggles to survive and has just four points more than teams in the drop zone. Empoli won just once in previous 10 matches. Roma won exactly twice as many points than Empoli and it won their head-to-head played in the first part of season b 2-0.
AS Roma vs FC Empoli begins 11.03.2019 at 20:30 CET
There were ups and downs this season and manager Di Francesco had been very close to get fired before but in the end two defeats cost him his job. The first defeat was very painful since they lost to Lazio 3-0 and they were eliminated from the Champions League. They put up a solid resistance to Porto in the 2nd leg and the match ended 2-1, which necessitated extra time in which Roma received the third goal and was eliminated. Di Francesco was sacked and he is succeeded by Claudio Ranieri who cannot count on Dzeko, Fazo and Kolarov for this match since all three of them are suspended.
Probable lineups AS Roma: Olsen – Florenzi, Marcano, Manolas, Santon – Cristante, N'Zonzi – Zaniolo, Pastore, El Shaarawy – Schick
Empoli is very close to the drop zone and the only good result they made recently was victory over Sassulo three rounds ago when they won by 3-0. After that they lost by the same result away match with Milan, while in the previous round they drew with Parma 3-3. They were trailing behind three times in that match and were back in the game all three times. Empoli scored the last, third equaliser in the added time. Every point is important for them, regardless was it won with a bit of luck or not. There are no new problems with injuries and the same team like in the previous round goes on the pitch.
Probable lineups FC Empoli: Dragowski – Silvestre, Dell'Orco, Veseli – Lorenzo, Krunic, Bennacer, Acquah, Pasqual – Caputo, Farias
AS Roma vs FC Empoli PICK
Roma is a favourite to win the match but it is shaken after two painful defeats, and it is weaken. If the opponent is a bit stronger team we would forecast a surprise in Rome but Empoli hasn’t won anyone away this season and we predict its new defeat.
Pick: Asian handicap -1 Roma
Odds: 1.90 at bethard (down to 1.80 can be played)
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