Empoli to ensure safety

Empoli to ensure safety

Empoli is looking to ensure their safety in the Serie A with a win against UC Sampdoria, who is already relegated in the contest. Although Empoli is currently in a safe spot in the league table, they still want to earn points. In that way, Empoli can truly ensure that they are safe from being relegated in the league. Sampdoria on the other hand had a poor campaign this season, which is why it is not surprising that they are already eliminated. Due to their early relegation, they will not compete for next season. Sampdoria are only aiming to at least finish their campaign with wins. These two teams will meet on May 16, 2023, at 2:45 AM (GMT+8), with Sampdoria as hosts.

From the last 29 matches between them, it is surprising that the hosts have more wins than the visitors. In those last 29 games, the hosts were able to win 13 matches. The visitors on the other hand have recorded nine wins, and the remaining matches ended in draw. However, their reverse fixture was won by the visitors in a narrow 1-0 win. The visitors failed to find the back of the net in 15 of their 27 games in the league against the hosts. As for the hosts, they were able to win nine of their 13 matches at home against the visitors. However, it is just unfortunate that they were relegated for the fifth time in their Serie A history. Since the 2010-11 season, this is the first time they face an early relegation.


Serie A: Empoli
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Empoli is currently sitting at the 15th of the league table with 38 points, just three places above the drop zone. They are fortunate that they were able to establish more wins and points, giving them a safe lead. Empoli has a six points lead against the team at the 16th, but a win here will give them the 14th spot. They need to be all-out in this match, as they need to protect their points to avoid drop in the drop zone. Empoli failed to be at their best this season, which may be a problem here. Fortunately, they were able to record a 2-1 win on their last match. That narrow 2-1 win is against Salernitana, who can they overtake with a win here. Empoli is expected to rely on their impressive squad for a chance to win here.

Empoli will be without Koni De Winter, who have been injured since mid-April, as he continues to nurse his injury. Tommaso Baldanzi, and Gabriele Guarino on the other hand are also unavailable in this game. Both were called to their national teams for the Under-20 World Cup.

UC Sampdoria

Serie A: UC Sampdoria
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Sampdoria is a team who is already relegated in the league, as they are at the bottom of the league table. Sitting at the 20th of the league table, Sampdoria only have 17 points across their names. It is no longer surprising that they are one of the teams who faced early elimination. Sampdoria have been in an abysmal form this season, which rooted them at the bottom. In fact, they are from a 2-0 loss against Udinese on their previous match, and are still hopeful to bounce back here. Although they are a relegated team already, they are still playing for pride here. This is the reason why they still want to earn a victory, despite being eliminated. Due to this, expect that Sampdoria will go all-out in this match.

They will be without Tomas Rincon, as he will be facing suspension here. Additionally, Daniele Montevago is also unavailable as he joined Italy’s U20 for the World Cup. Pussetto, and COnti are both sidelined since November 2022, and Emil Audero, and Mehdi Leris are both joining them.


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