AS Roma vs Empoli: Tips and prediction – 31.01.2015

By on February 2, 2015
AS Roma and Empoli will face each other Saturday evening from 19:45, UK Time, in the 21th fixture of Italy Serie A. Both sides are in a bad form right now, so both need a good result in this game.
AS Roma struggled in the past few weeks, proof that they ticked a victory and four draws in the last five league games, so they are not in the title race anymore, realistically. The hosts won 42 points so far, seven less than Juventus. Their goal difference is a good one, 33-15 and with these numbers the home team is second in Italy. Roma ticked seven wins and three draws at Olimpico. Balzaretti, Castan, Torosidis, De Rossi and Strootman are injured and Gervinho is at African Cup of Nations.
Empoli are in a bad form too, proof that they are without victory in the last five league matches. They recorded three draws and two defeats so they have only one point ahead the red line right now. Empoli have 19 points and a bad goal difference, 18-25, having one of the worst attack in the league. Tiberio Guarente is the only missing player for Empoli. Saponara is back at Empoli, on loan from AC Milan.
AS Roma vs Empoli probable lineups:
AS Roma (4-3-3): Sanctis – Florenzi, Mbiwa, Manolas, Holebas – Paredes, Nainggolan, Pjanic – Iturbe, Totti, Ljajic.
Empoli (4-3-1-2): Sepe – Hysaj, Rugani, Barba, Rui – Croce, Valdifiori, Vecino – Saponara – Maccarone, Pucciarelli.
Prediction: 1 @ 1.44
Even if they are no in the best form right now, we expect the hosts to confirm their superiority in this game, winning all three points. Empoli are without victory in the last 15 years at Olimpico.
The best odds for AS Roma vs Empoli: 1.44 – 4.20 – 8.50

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