Cagliari vs Empoli (By: Dajkula)

Cagliari welcome Empoli in a match for the 20`th round of the Italian Serie A. The difference between the teams is 4 points and the fight for relegation is fierce. Cagliari is better of the two as they have 20 points and are 13`th while Empoli has 16 and is 17`th. But as the hosts announce, this is a match they have to go for the win. If they do so, the difference would be substantial but if they lose they are thrown right in the relegation battle, with Empoli.

Cagliari doesn`t have a good offense, far from it. They scored 17 goals in 19 matches but at home, they are very resilient. With 3-5-1 and 10:7 gd they are one of just a few sides with a single home loss. And it came against Napoli. Neither Milan, Sampdoria or Roma managed to take the 3 points. Interestingly enough the 3 wins came against the teams from the bottom part of the table – Genoa, Chievo, Bologna. So they have what it takes to beat Emoli.

They will have to do it tough without their captain Ceppitelli(def.10-0) and also defender Klavan(10-0), Cerri(att.8-0) and Sau(att.14-1).

Empoli changed their coach in November and Iachini took over. The improvement was instant but also not long lasting. The team entered in a bad period in December and finished the year with 4 straight losses. They also conceded plenty of goals in that span. Empoli is the second weakest away side and they concede plenty of goals having the second worst away defense. They are not without threat though as the attacker Caputo scored 9 goals so far. Away from home, Empoli has 0-3-6 and they picked up draws against SPAL, Frosinone, and Chievo.

If they put on a very good game they could take a point today but they will also be missing some key players like Krunic (mid.17-0, second scorer), La Gumina(att.19-2, third scorer) and Bennacer(mid.19-0).

Cagliari won this clash 3:2 the last time they met here and I think they will just edge it today again.

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Cagliari vs Empoli predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Cagliari Pinnacle 1.97 8 2-2 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Cagliari vs Empoli betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Dajkula).
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