Udinese vs Empoli
Italian Serie A
Date: 4 January 2023, Wednesday
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Dacia Arena (Udine).
Udinese and Empoli will drop the curtain on Gameweek No 16 in Italian Serie A with their Wednesday evening lash at Dacia Arena.
The hosts had an exciting campaign in the first half of the season. They started slowly but then went on an incredible run of results only to drop in form just before the World Cup in Qatar.
Andrea Sotill’s men are now winless in seven successive league outings. However, they still hold the 8th position in the standings thanks to the earlier successes.
The match against Empoli provides La Zebrette a great opportunity to return to winning ways. The team’s displays from the recent friendlies do boost up the confidence and optimism.
Udinese picked up back-to-back wins over Lecce and Cremonese in the recent friendlies last month, netting five goals in the process.
Tolgay Arslan completed a brace against Cremonese in a match that also saw Udinese’s top scorer Beto getting his name to the scoresheet.
Empoli sit seven points below Udinese in the league table. However, the visitors have many more problems with the lack of attacking efficiency.
Paolo Zanetti’s troops notched only 12 goals in the opening 15 games of the season. Knowing that Udinese are pretty tough to break down at their Dacia Arena this season, we do fancy the hosts to keep things quiet at the back on Wednesday.
Udinese vs Empoli Head-to-head
- The home court advantage has played a big role in the history of this matchup.
- Udinese thus won 8, drew 3, and lost 2 of the last 13 home encounters with Empoli.
- Each of the last seven head to head meetings between these rivals ended in home wins.
Udinese vs Empoli Prediction
Empoli scored only five goals in seven away outings this season. We like the 2.75 odds offered for Udinese to win to nil on Wednesday evening.
Looking elsewhere around the markets, we like the 2.20 odds for Beto to score anytime for the hosts. The Portuguese forward is Udinese’s top scorer with six goals to his name this term.
Udinese vs Empoli Tips
Udinese to win to nil @ 2.75 (7/4)
Beto to score anytime @ 2.20 (6/5) odd.