Empoli vs AC Milan Prediction, Tips & Odds – 07.01.2024

Stex
January 6, 2024
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Empoli vs AC Milan Prediction

Empoli vs AC Milan Prediction 07.01.2024. In the 19th round of the Italian Serie A, Empoli will host AC Milan. The match is scheduled for Sunday at 12:30 PM at the Carlo Castellani stadium.

In the previous round, the home team drew with Cagliari, while the visitors defeated Sassuolo.

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Empoli Team News

Empoli, led by experienced coach Aurelio Andreazzoli, is facing difficulties at the bottom of Serie A, positioned just one point above the last-placed Salernitana. The Azzurri’s problems extend back to the time of their former manager, and throughout 2023, they lost more matches than most European clubs. This season, they are the weakest home team with only five points and five goals scored.

The lack of efficiency in attack is evident, as Empoli failed to score in 23 games last year. They are defensively weakened due to injuries, with the absence of Bartosz Bereszynski, suspension of Liberato Cacace, and injuries to Simone Bastoni and Giuseppe Pezzella.

Nicolo Cambiaghi, who will support Francesco Caputo in attack, is trying to score a goal in his last 21 games. Milan’s hosts have serious problems, and Empoli will seek a favorable result, aware of the weaknesses of the Rossoneri, to improve their position in the relegation battle.

AC Milan Team News

Milan, after a streak of four winless matches, secured four victories in their last six league games, concluding 2023 on a positive note with a 4-1 triumph over Cagliari. Despite facing criticism, coach Stefano Pioli assembled an unconventional lineup for the Coppa Italia match against Cagliari, with Luka Jovic, Chaka Traore, and Rafael Leao contributing to a comfortable victory at San Siro. Milan advances to the quarterfinals against Atalanta, but in Serie A, they trail Inter by nine points and Juventus by seven.

In the previous Serie A fixture, Milan secured a 1-0 home victory against Sassuolo, despite displaying inconsistent performance. This weekend, they return to league action against Empoli, where they have an outstanding record with eight wins and seven draws in 15 previous visits. Pioli is likely to select his strongest squad, and despite injury concerns, the return of Matteo Gabbia and Theo Hernandez to their preferred left-back position aims to maintain their unbeaten streak against Empoli.

Despite Luka Jovic’s improved form, Olivier Giroud is expected to lead the attack. Ismael Bennacer and Samu Chukwueze are absent due to their participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, while Tommaso Pobega is set to return in April after an injury. Additional sidelined players due to injuries include Pierre Kalulu, Noah Okafor, Marco Sportiello, Malick Thiaw, and Fikayo Tomori, with Mattia Caldara, Rade Krunić, Yunus Musah, and Marco Pellegrino uncertain for the match. With Giroud’s intriguing statistic of more minutes against Empoli without scoring than against any other Serie A team, the spotlight will be on Pioli if they fail to secure maximum points.

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Injuries and suspensions

Empoli: Bartosz Bereszynski, Liberato Cacace, Simone Bastoni, Giuseppe Pezzella

AC Milan: Ismael Bennacer, Samu Chukwueze, Tommaso Pobega, Pierre Kalulu, Noah Okafor, Marco Sportiello, Malick Thiaw, Fikayo Tomori, Mattia Caldara, Rade Krunić, Yunus Musah, Marco Pellegrino

Expected Lineups

Empoli (4-3-1-2): Caprile; Ebuehi, Ismajli, Walukiewicz, Luperto; Fazzini, Grassi, Maleh; Baldanzi; Cambiaghi, Caputo

AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Hernandez; Adli, Reijnders; Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Leao; Giroud

Empoli vs AC Milan Prediction

AC Milan is the favorite in this match due to their league standings, better form, historical matchups, and a stronger squad on paper. Despite Empoli having the home advantage, we expect them to be defeated in this game. Additionally, we anticipate the match to be more open, so we suggest betting on AC Milan’s victory with at least two goals scored throughout the entire game.

Kick-off Time: Sunday, 07.01.2024, 12:30 PM Local Time (GMT 0), 12:30 CET

Prediction: AC Milan to win & over 1.5

Odds (when tipped): 1.99

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