Empoli welcome Serie A champions Inter Milan to the Stadio Carlo Castellani in this midweek round of fixtures, as the Azzurri aim to end a long barren spell against the visiting Nerazzurri.
Where and when: Stadio Carlo Castellani – 27 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Empoli vs. Inter: BT Sport
Last time: Keita Balde and Radja Nainggolan scored either side of Hamed Traore’s equaliser as Inter beat Empoli 2-1 at San Siro on the final day of the 2018-19 season.
Empoli v Inter Predictions and Preview
That most recent meeting between Inter and Empoli resulted in heartbreak for the Florence club, as the Azzurri’s defeat sent them tumbling down into Serie A. Empoli got back into the top flight at the second time of asking last term, and made a decent start through the early weeks of the season.
However, three wins from their opening six matches were followed by back-to-back defeats against Roma and Atalanta, prior to their trip to Salernitana on Saturday. Momentum may have been halted, but those were games the Azzurri were expected to lose, and this assignment against the champions certainly falls into the same category.
Inter have won each of the last seven meetings between these clubs, and are unbeaten in 14 in league and cup. The Nerazzurri have won all but one of those 14, scoring 26 goals and keeping 10 clean sheets in the process.
Anything other than an away win in this Empoli v Inter preview at 14/25 would constitute a major shock. Simone Inzaghi’s team may have a shorter turnaround following the visit of Juventus on Sunday night, but they have the squad to cope with that.
Empoli are 11/2 for their first victory over Inter since 2006, but given they’re set to be without Simone Romagnoli and Jacopo Furlan for this game while their visitors have no injuries to contend with, a draw may be the most they can hope for at 39/10.
One to watch for Empoli: Federico Di Francesco scored two goals in four appearances prior to the weekend, netting the opener in the Azzurri’s 2-0 victory over Cagliari, before grabbing a consolation in the 4-1 defeat to Atalanta.
One to watch for Inter: Edin Dzeko had five in five in the league ahead of the Nerazzurri’s clash with Juve at the weekend, with the Bosnia proving his enduring quality ahead of these Empoli v Inter predictions.
Long shot: Any sort of home win would be a long shot in this game, but we’re backing Inter for the win to nil at 11/5. The Azzurri haven’t scored in their last seven home games against Il Biscione, with a 2-0 away win coming in at 19/2 in these Empoli v Inter tips. Try adding Dzeko to score first to enhance those odds further.