US Sassuolo vs. FC Empoli / Serie A – On Friday night, we have the first match in the fifth round of the Italian Serie A, and it brings together the fourth Sassuolo and 16th Empoli, which currently has three points less. Otherwise, both teams have experienced minimal defeats in the last round, Sassuolo as guest by Juventus and Empoli at home from Lazio, while we also need to add that they last meet two years ago in this same competition, and Sassuolo was better on both occassions.
US Sassuolo vs. FC Empoli begins 21.09.2018 at 20:30 CET
That is why Sassuolo now believes in a safe triumph over the Empoli, especially since they have opened this new season much better. In addition, coaches de Zerbi’s players have made all three victories on their field so far, with 5-1 in the Cup over Ternana, and then in the championship with 1-0 over the favoured Inter and with 5-3 over Genoa.
On the other hand, they were undefeated in their first championship hosting, when they played 2-2 against Cagliari, after which they lost in Turin last weekend by the current champion of Serie A, Juventus, with 2-1. However, this defeat will certainly not affect Sassuolo’s footballers in the continuation of the season, so we already at the start expect that they will play for the victory over Empoli, especially since their defender Peluso is the only one out of action for this match.
Probable lineups US Sassuolo: Consigli – Lirola, Magnani, Ferrari, Rogerio – Duncan, Locatelli, Bourabia – Berardi, Boateng, di Francesco
When it comes to the guests from Empoli, they returned to elite rank after only one season in Serie B, in a way that they were very convincing in the championship last year, and they have mathematically secured the first place on the table five rounds before the end. However, in their first appearance in the Cup this season, they were defeated with 3-0 by Cittadella at home, but they recovered very fast and at the start of the championship they played 2-0 over Cagliari.
However, they managed to win only one point in their next three appearances, and that was two rounds ago when they played against Chievo as guests (0-0), while they were defeated on the side from Genoa with 2-0 and last weekend on their field with 1-0 from Lazio. That is why we believe that coach Andreazzoli will now make some changes in the team before this difficult encounter with Sassuolo, while Antonelli and Rodriguez are still out of action due to injury.
Probable lineups FC Empoli: Provedel – Di Lorenzo, Silvestre, Maietta, Veseli – Krunić, Capezzi, Acquah – Zajc – La Gumina, Caputo
US Sassuolo vs. FC Empoli PICK
Given that Sassuolo has made victories in all three home matches this season, we expect them to continue this tradition against the returnee in the elite rank, the team of Empoli.
Pick: Sassuolo wins
Odds: 2.00 at betway (down to 1.90 can be played)
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