Salernitana vs Empoli Prediction 09.02.2024

Salernitana

Salernitana

1 : 3

Empoli

Empoli

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  • Competition: Italy - Serie A
  • Date: Friday, 9th, February 2024
  • Kickoff: 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
  • Venue: Stadio Arechi (Salerno)

The basement battle is set for Friday as the red lantern Salernitana welcomes second-from-bottom Empoli to the Stadio Arechi in Round 24 of the Italian Serie A.

Salernitana vs Empoli Betting Tips: BTTS

In the clash between the two weakest sides in the Italian elite-tier, both are expected to come out guns blazing in their quest for much-needed points, setting the stage for an exhilarating affair where both goalkeepers will be tasked with picking the ball out of the back of the net.

After succumbing to identical 1-2 defeats in each of their first four league matches of the new year, the Campanian club managed to record only their second clean sheet of the term while simultaneously adding their first point in 2024, holding Juric's Bulls to a goalless draw 0-0 last time out.

Departing Turin with a hard-earned point has left them firmly anchored to the foot of the table, six adrift from the safety zone, but their dismal defensive record casts a shadow over any optimism for a turnaround, as they hold the ignominious title of the most porous backline, conceding a troubling 44 goals in 23 weeks of Serie A action.

To make matters worse, even coming back to their home turf doesn't offer solace for Filippo Inzaghi's squad, as the 50-year-old manager has overseen his team conceding precisely two goals in each of the last five home fixtures, resulting in four defeats, despite hitting the back of the net in all of them.

While the bottom-dwellers may see an opportunity in the upcoming Friday night clash to bolster their survival prospects, securing any points will be quite a tall order, considering Empoli's visit to Stadio Arechi, a side that has looked rejuvenated ever since the club's helm was taken over by a man who possesses the secret recipe for avoiding relegation.

Former Salernitana coach Davide Nicola, since taking the reins of the Tuscan club, has completely awakened his boys, a fact affirmed by their results, as the Azzurri have yet to taste defeat in all three fixtures since the arrival of the relegation-saving expert, trashing Monza 3-0 in his debut before securing draws against title-chasing Juventus and Genoa last week.

Since their unsettling of Italian champions Napoli on November 12th away from home, Empoli has failed to win in any of their subsequent five league outings, picking up a paltry two points from a possible 15, but Friday's trip to Salerno offers a chance to rectify road record, boasting an impressive streak of avoiding defeat in their last five face-offs against Granata (W3, D2).

With the outcome between Serie A's current bottom-dwellers difficult to foresee, we'll lean towards both Salernitana and Empoli managing to find the back of the net, particularly as their recent matchups at the Stadio Arechi have been characterized by a flurry of goals, seeing two or more goals in each team's net in three out of the last four face-offs.

Salernitana vs Empoli Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. Empoli

    1 : 0

    Salernitana

    Serie A

  2. Empoli

    2 : 1

    Salernitana

    Serie A

  3. Salernitana

    2 : 2

    Empoli

    Serie A

  4. Empoli

    1 : 1

    Salernitana

    Serie A

  5. Salernitana

    2 : 4

    Empoli

    Serie A

Salernitana

Salernitana team news

Despite his national team Mali bowing out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the quarterfinals, suffering a narrow 0-1 defeat to hosts Ivory Coast, midfielder Lassana Coulibaly is set to return to his club duties and is expected to feature in the starting lineup against relegation rivals Empoli.

Standard defensive duo Federico Fazio and Gyomber Norbert are uncertain for Friday's clash with injury problems, while winter prop Triantafyllos Pasalidis also remains a doubt after being substituted against Torino with a shoulder injury.

Last matches of Salernitana

  1. Torino

    0 : 0

    Salernitana

    Serie A

  2. Salernitana

    1 : 2

    AS Roma

    Serie A

  3. Salernitana

    1 : 2

    Genoa

    Serie A

  4. Napoli

    2 : 1

    Salernitana

    Serie A

  5. Salernitana

    1 : 2

    Juventus

    Serie A

Salernitana lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 13

    Guillermo Ochoa

Defenders

  • 5

    Jerome Boateng

  • 27

    Niccolo Pierozzi

  • 24

    Marco Pellegrino

Midfielders

  • 3

    Domagoj Bradaric

  • 26

    Toma Basic

  • 25

    Giulio Maggiore

  • 59

    Alessandro Zanoli

Forwards

  • 20

    Grigoris Kastanos

  • 87

    Antonio Candreva

  • 10

    Boulaye Dia

Empoli

Empoli team news

As for the visiting side, Empoli will make the trip to Salerno without the services of Simone Bastoni and Francesco Caputo due to thigh and ankle injuries, along with Tyronne Ebuehi who is nursing muscular problems.

Polish defender Sebastian Walukiewicz will be sitting out the next Serie A fixture due to suspension, having accumulated his fifth yellow card of the season in the most recent league outing against Genoa.

Last matches of Empoli

  1. Empoli

    0 : 0

    Genoa

    Serie A

  2. Juventus

    1 : 1

    Empoli

    Serie A

  3. Empoli

    3 : 0

    AC Monza

    Serie A

  4. Hellas Verona

    2 : 1

    Empoli

    Serie A

  5. Empoli

    0 : 3

    AC Milan

    Serie A

Empoli lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 25

    Elia Caprile

Defenders

  • 19

    Bartosz Bereszynski

  • 33

    Sebastiano Luperto

  • 34

    Ardian Ismajli

Midfielders

  • 13

    Liberato Cacace

  • 29

    Youssef Maleh

  • 5

    Alberto Grassi

  • 11

    Emmanuel Gyasi

Forwards

  • 28

    Nicolo Cambiaghi

  • 27

    Szymon Zurkowski

  • 17

    Alberto Cerri

4 Reasons why we expect BTTS

  1. Salernitana has conceded two or more goals in all but one of their first six competitive matches in 2024.
  2. Salernitana has allowed exactly two goals in each of their previous five home matches in the league.
  3. Empoli has kept a clean sheet only once in their last five Serie A away trips.
  4. Three out of the last four head-to-head encounters between these sides at Stadio Arechi have seen at least two goals scored by both teams.

Main prediction Salernitana - Empoli

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56% winrate

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3 wins in a row

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Salernitana vs Empoli - FAQ

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Where to watch?

The match between these teams will be broadcast on Arena Sport (Svn), beIN Sports Max (Fra), Eleven Sports 1 (Pol), Eleven Sports 4 (Pol), MEGOGO, Orange Sport (Rom), Premier Sport 1 (Cze), Prima Sport 4 (Rom), Ring (Bul), Setanta Sports Eurasia, Sport 1 (Hun), Sport TV2 (Por), TNT Sports

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Who is Salernitana's player to watch?

Antonio Candreva has emerged as the most potent figure in Salernitana's attack this term, netting five goals and providing four assists.

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Who is Empoli's player to watch?

Szymon Zurkowski has been in stellar form in recent weeks, bagging a hat-trick on Davide Nicola's debut in a 3-0 victory against Monza.