All eyes will be on the Giuseppe Meazza stadium this weekend as fourth place Inter meet relegation threatened Empoli in the closing weekend of the Serie A calendar. The outcome of the contest will have ramifications for both ends of the table in what will be a tension filled 90 minutes.
Where and when: Giuseppe Meazza, Milan – 26 May, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Inter vs. Empoli: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Keita Balde got the only goal of the game when the teams faced off in the reverse fixture at the end of December.
|Radja Nainggolan to score first||6/1||Offer|
|Empoli to win 1-0||30/1||Offer|
|Inter to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
Inter vs. Empoli Predictions and Preview
Inter hold a point advantage over bitter rivals Milan in the race for the Champions League and know if they get the job done against Empoli, they will be playing in Europe’s elite competition next term. The Nerazzurri have endured a typically topsy-turvy campaign with some highs and a fair number of lows but the chief objective was to secure a top four finish and Luciano Spalletti is on course to achieve this.
The Italian is expected to be replaced by compatriot Antonio Conte who is on the verge of agreeing a deal to take over Inter.
On the pitch, Spalletti has some decisions to make after the 4-1 trouncing at the hands of Napoli. The Nerazzurri were humbled by Carlo Ancelotti’s troops with Mauro Icardi netting a late consolation. Icardi came on as a second-half sub with Lautaro Martinez favoured from the opening whistle but the former skipper should revert to the starting eleven in what is a must win encounter.
Visitors Empoli looked dead and buried only six weeks ago. What has followed since has been nothing short of remarkable and the Azzurri can be proud to have their destiny in their hands.
The visitors will hold no fear when they travel to Milan, having toppled Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Torino and Napoli in recent weeks and they will not roll over for their opponents on the night. An astonishing fourth win on the bounce is 7/1 and the draw is 4/1.
One to watch for Inter: Ivan Perisic has four goals from his last seven appearances and is 7/5 to net anytime. The Croatian has admirably stepped up with Icardi on the subs bench.
One to watch for Empoli: Goalscorers are priceless and without Francesco Caputo, the Azzurri would have been relegated a long time ago. The 16-goal forward is 6/1 to register first.
Long shot: Empoli are one of the form sides in the division and while this final day contest appeared a dead rubber not so long ago, Inter won’t have it easy. A nervy 0-0 final score is 21/1, potentially leaving both sides disappointed.