Empoli go in search of their first victory in six Serie A matches when they welcome Jose Mourinho and his Roma team to the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Sunday. It’s a quick turnaround for the visiting Giallorossi following the midweek Coppa Italia action.
Where and when: Stadio Carlo Castellani – 23 January, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Empoli vs. Roma: BT Sport
Last time: Lorenzo Pellegrini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan struck either side of half time as Roma beat Empoli 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in early October.
Empoli v Roma Predictions and Preview
Roma only have a couple of days to prepare for Sunday’s trip to Empoli after their clash with Serie B outfit Lecce in the Coppa Italia on Thursday. The Azzurri have a much tougher trip to champions Inter in the cup, but they an extra 24 hours to recover for this game.
That may not be enough to swing the advantage in favour of the home team though, who’ve failed to win any of their last five matches. Empoli had been climbing the Serie A table following a strong run of three wins in four games, but conceded nine goals in losing to Milan and Sassuolo while also drawing with Spezia, Lazio and Venezia.
The visitors bounced back from a pair of defeats to Milan and Juventus with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Cagliari last weekend. The Giallorossi have struggled against the big teams so far this season amid Mourinho’s criticism of his players’ mentality, but they’ve fared well against most of the teams below them in the table.
Empoli vs. Roma full time result odds
Empoli could be without the injured trio of Fabiano Parisi, Nicolas Haas and Federico Di Francesco, although Aurelio Andreazzoli hopes to have the latter available following a hamstring injury. Mourinho is set to be missing Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stephan El Shaarawy, Ebrima Darboe and Amadou Diawara through injury, while Chris Smalling is a Covid doubt. Even so, the visitors are the 5/6 favourites in this Empoli v Roma preview.
Empoli vs. Roma both teams to score odds
The capital club are on a 12-game unbeaten run against Empoli, winning on nine occasions. Both teams have scored on seven occasions, while there’s been over 2.5 goals in half of those matches. Roma have only kept one clean sheet in their last nine away games, while Empoli haven’t managed a clean sheet in 12 home games so far this season. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals could be the way to go this weekend.
Empoli vs. Roma correct score odds
The Giallorossi have scored 19 times across those nine most recent victories, conceding five at the other end. Mourinho’s men have netted 15 goals in their last seven games in all competitions, at an average of 2.1 per game. As we’re backing BTTS and over 2.5 goals here, a 2-1 away win is worth a look at 8/1.
Empoli vs. Roma first goalscorer odds
Tammy Abraham has been in excellent goalscoring form over the winter, netting 10 times in his last 12 appearances for Roma. The English striker is the 9/2 favourite to break the deadlock in these Empoli v Roma tips, rising to 46/1 if you add a 2-1 away win for a scorecast.