Empoli vs Inter by Enzo
Empoli suffered narrow 1:0 defeat away to Genoa against Sampdoria last weekend. The team had their share of ball possession in the game, but were more passive and didn't create many chances, finally conceding a goal in 49th minute with a goal from Eder, being unable to generally respond later on and deservedly lost the points.
This defeat broke the streak of four consecutive draws, as the team continues to be outside of the relegation battle for now - being three points away from it, something that is their goal for this season. Their biggest problem seems to be in attack, as the team has scored only one goal in last four matches, being one of the least effective sides overall. Left defender Mario Rui (17/0) will not be available for coach Maurizio Sarri, as he is suspended for this game. Substitute defensive midfielder Tiberio Guarente (1/0) is sidelined with injury, but anyway won't be any kind of a blow for the hosts. The team is expected to be lined up in a bit more defensive 4-3-1-2 formation.
Inter finally comes from an easy victory, having no problem to overcome Genoa at home last weekend with a 3:1 result. Palacio brought them into the lead in 12th minute, while Icardi double up the lead before the halftime whistle. Izzo reduced the deficit in 85th minute, but Vidic sealed the victory with a goal two minutes before the full time whistle.
This was another positive result for Inter, as the players also did well to get a point away to Juventus week prior to this game. They are now undefeated in four matches, but the team still remains in the middle of the table being five points away from the European positions. Central defender Andrea Ranocchia has served his suspension, but might be benched here as Nemanja Vidic seems to be getting in a desired form. Other central defender, Juan Jesus (22/0) is banned for three more matches, unless he wins his appeal. Right midfielder Jonathan (3/0) is injured, while Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to start on the bench still not being 100% fit. Right defensive midfielder Yuto Nagatomo (11/0) is out at international duty.
Results are still not showing it fully, but Inter is in constant up rise in their performances and it's just a matter of time when the team will start getting victories in consecutive way. No doubt that games against Juventus and Genoa are a good path and I believe they will continue in the same manner, getting all three points against traditionally easier opponent for them.