Competition: Serie A
Market: Empoli win
Odds: 21/20 @ 888sport
Looking to make an immediate return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon, Empoli will welcome Spezia to the Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Starting with the hosts, while Empoli might have eventually fallen to a 2-0 loss away at Roma last weekend, the Blues should still find the mood in their camp at a real high. Cruising their way to Serie A safety last season, some in Paolo Zanetti’s camp could now have their sights set on clinching a top-half finish in 2023. Only sat outside the top-10 thanks to their goal difference, the Florence-based outfit should be smelling a golden chance on Saturday afternoon. Suffering just a single defeat from any of their seven domestic showdowns since returning from the World Cup break, Empoli have also picked up some eye-catching scalps. With their post-interval flurry highlighted by a stunning 1-0 win away at Inter Milan on January 23rd, Zanetti’s side are rightfully tipped as a standout pick at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.
As for the visitors, although Spezia might have opened 2023 with a much-needed flurry, it appears that was nothing more than a minor boost for Luca Gotti’s side. Last seen putting in another downbeat display as they slumped to a routine 3-0 drumming at home against Napoli, the Little Eagles have now lost each of their last four Serie A showdowns on the bounce. With their extended rut highlighted by an action-packed 5-2 defeat away at Atalanta on January 19th, the former Udinese boss has seen his side show a host of defensive issues. Shipping 12 top-flight strikes on their four-match losing run, the Whites are now firmly looking over their shoulder at the drop zone. Likewise, last seen on their travels suffering a 2-0 loss at the hands of Bologna, we’re backing a similar outcome here.
Bet: Empoli 21/20 to beat Spezia in Saturday’s Serie A matchup @ 888sport
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