Genoa vs Empoli by Enzo
Before the start of the season, it didn't look like Genoa will be having a really strong start in the season, but the is doing just fine for the moment with only one defeat in first six rounds played. They have lost away from home against Sassuolo, impressing in most of their others match so far. So it doesn't surprise that the team is seventh placed so far with three victories, two draws and a defeat, having only three points less than second placed Napoli, moreover, they have played a game less than all the other clubs, so the team can only benefit from that fact further on.
In the most recent game two weeks ago, Genoa really surprised many by taking all three points away from home against Bologna following a narrow 1:0 victory. They were better during the match and deserved the victory, however, it must be said that their hosts stood playing with a man less at the end of the first halftime and it's something that helped a lot to the players of Genoa. They took the initiative over in the second halftime adn scored the winning goal in 77th via Simeone having no problems to maintain the lead even though both teams ended up playing with a man more less due red cards. Of course, Gentiletti is now suspended, while injured remain Gakpe, Ocampos and Pandev. Munoz should be ready despite having some muscle problems.
Empoli has only one victory and a draw out of first seven rounds played and the team can't be content with the results so far, however their results are more of a realistic thing, as no one in the club tought that they will be having an easy season completely escaping from the relegation battle. At the moment, they are at nineteenth position, second from the bottom and are coming from third consecutive match they were playing.
In the previous game the team played, they lost to Juventus in front of own fans 3:0, being able to resist to much more superior opponent only in the first halftime, while Juventus upped their game in the second and once they started scoring, everything became much more easier for them. Biggest problem for Empoli remains scoring goals, since the team scored only twice so far in the season and doesn't look that competitive on the field from that aspect at all. Injured remains to be Georgian international Tchanturia, while doubtful for this game are Barba and Croce with muscle injuries, as well as Marilungo with a groin problem and Mauri with a hip injury.
Genoa have shown much more positive things this season and even though they have maybe over performed a bit so far, I expect them to be way more superior than Empoli and to get an easy victory here, most likely without conceding a goal.