Juventus vs Empoli Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Juventus vs Empoli predictions as the Italian champions return from their midweek European trip. Read on for our free betting tips and match preview for Saturday night’s Serie A clash.
Juventus VS Empoli Predictions
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Juventus to win to nil
Reason For Juventus VS Empoli Betting Tips
Juventus saw their treble hopes take a huge step forward in midweek, thanks to a 2-0 victory at Porto. That first leg victory means they basically have one foot in the quarter-finals. While many of the main Champions League contenders have looked shaky of late, Juve are both understated and ruthless. Those qualities should see them go far in Europe, with the competition looking wide open. They’re certainly one of the main contenders for the European Cup, which should see them make short work of Empoli on Saturday night.
The Italian champions continue their trophy push on Tuesday night, as they take on Napoli in the Coppa Italia semi-finals. Things are starting to get busy for Max Allegri and co. as they move towards the business end of the season. That makes this a really bad time to lose defender Leonardo Bonucci, who was dropped from the team for the clash with Porto. That has Chelsea and Manchester City sniffing about, aiming to sign the defender in the summer. The Italian international had a bust up with his manager, which saw him lose his starting place.
Juventus should be able to deal without him this weekend, too. They already dropped a central defender for their recent formation change. Their switch from a 3-5-2 to a 4-2-3-1 means they have one less player in the middle of their backline, ending the BBC partnership of Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini. That move hasn’t caused them any trouble, as they’ve won to nil in seven of their nine games since changing their set-up.
That’s an impressive record, especially as their change was designed to make them more attacking. The 4-2-3-1 has worked for them going forward, as they’ve scored at least two in every game, barring their clash against rivals Inter Milan. This Juventus side look to be the complete package, so it’s hardly surprising that they’re in the running for European success. It’s tough to see the Old Lady having any problems against an Empoli side who are basically just safe by default.
The visitors average just 0.88 points per game in the league, losing 52% of their matches. Despite that awful form, they’re eight points clear of the drop. That’s because the current bottom three are so poor, which has kept Empoli safe from danger. The away side are terrible in front of goal, scoring just six times in 12 trips. They’ve also failed to score in 75% of their away outings in Serie A. That’s not the kind of record that inspires confidence as they prepare for their toughest trip of the season.
Juventus come in to this game on top form, and their impressive defensive record should see them win this game easily. We’re backing the hosts to win to nil at 4/7 with bet365. We’re also backing the champions to rack up a few goals, which is priced at 5/1 with bet365. Alternatively, you can back a mix of both bets by going with over 2.5 and both teams not to score, which is priced at 7/4 ahead of this match.