Empoli vs Sassuolo by Enzo
Empoli comes into this match from two consecutive victories on the road and being undefeated in last three, as the team won most recently away to AC Milan 1:2 last Sunday evening, making the biggest surprise of that round. However, it must be said that the home players did much more on the field and deserved something more out of the game, but were punished for their chances missed, including even a penalty kick.
On the other side, players of Empoli got rewarded this time for their fighting spirit. Guests took the lead in 40th minute via Mchedlidze and remained dangerous on counters. They even doubled up the lead in 67th via Thiam, against the flow of the clash, while the hosts were only able to reduce the deficit in 72nd minute via Lapadula, but without changing the scoreline further on. After seven points taken in last three rounds, Empoli is now five points above relegating placed Cagliari and need to continue with positive results in order to be safe as soon as possible.
Home team should be set in 4-3-1-2 formation, with Thiam and Marilungo as forwards and Kaddouri as offensive midfielder. Midfielder Rade Krunic has served his suspension, while central defender Uros Cosic (14/0) and central midfielder Marcel Buchel (14/0) remain injured.
Sassuolo, on the other side, is also coming from a positive result, as the team managed to stop Napoli and took a point in a home 2:2 game last Sunday afternoon. Napoli was better in the first halftime and probably deserved to take the lead, but the hosts replied with much better fighting spirit in repetition.
Mertens brought players of Napoli into the lead in 52nd minute, while Berardi leveled up in 59th, with Mazzitelli bringing hosts into the lead in 80th minute, a bit unexpected and against the flow of the game - however Milik sealed final 2:2 score just few minutes later. Sassuolo is now at fourteenth position with twelve points more than relegating placed Crotone and can play the rest of the season way more relaxed.
Visitors are set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Berardi, Matri and Politano as forwards. Important players Matteo Politano and Federico Peluso are coming back from suspensions, while injured remain offensive midfielder Simone Missiroli (12/0), midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini (27/6) and right full back Marcello Gazzola (15/0).
- Empoli have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Sassuolo.
Empoli comes from two morale boosting victories away from home against Fiorentina and Milan and now it's time to continue with positive performances in front of own fans. Sassuolo is also doing fine in recent weeks, but competitive motive here is completely with the home team that is, without any doubt, in a better momentum now.