Preview: Empoli vs. Genoa 

Preview: Empoli vs. Genoa 

Empoli play host to Genoa on Friday evening looking for the victory which would move them into eighth position in the Serie A standings.

Meanwhile, Genoa make the trip to the Carlo Castellani Stadium looking to end an eight-match winless streak in Italy’s top flight.

During what has been an unpredictable start to the new Serie A campaign, it would be going too far to suggest that Empoli have produced the most surprising set of results.

Nevertheless, five wins from 11, four of which have been recorded from home, have left Aurelio Andreazzoli’s side close to the top half of the table in their first year back in the division.

Despite possessing a favourable schedule over the coming months, no-one will be getting ahead of themselves, but there is a quiet belief that they have the potential to enjoy a stress-free season.

Results such as the one on Sunday helps matters, Empoli scoring twice in the final seven minutes to overcome a Sassuolo side that had previously defeated Juventus.

Andrea Pinamonti added his fourth goal of the campaign from the penalty spot, and there will be hope that Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Patrick Cutrone can eventually match his strike partner in the final third.

Trailing their next opponents by seven points is not what Genoa manager Davide Ballardini would have envisaged ahead of the November international break.

Genoa have kept things ticking over with five draws, all of which have been recorded since September 21, but Il Grifone need maximum points sooner rather than later.

Failing to take advantage of games against Spezia and Venezia was particularly frustrating, a draw only being claimed versus the former courtesy of a late penalty.

Ballardini appears to be making progress with a defence which were far too open during the early stages of the season, but the likes of Mattia Destro and Domenico Criscito require more assistance in the final third having contributed two thirds of the team’s goals.

Empoli Serie A form:
Genoa Serie A form:

We say: Empoli 1-1 Genoa
Given Empoli’s abysmal home record, we cannot back them to prevail from this contest with any great confidence. With that in mind, a draw seems to be the most likely outcome, a result which would not necessarily suit either team.

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