Empoli and Roma will drop the curtain in the sixth round of the Italian Serie A as they face each other in contrasting circumstances. Monday’s match at Estadio Carlo Castellani pitted the two teams against each other with opposing seasonal goals.
Since losing 1-0 to Spezia in their opening weekend, Empoli have drawn in four consecutive Serie A matches despite taking the lead on three occasions. Most recently, they managed to get past a 2-2 away draw at Salernitana in an upside down affair which had them break the deadlock but fall behind early in the second half.
Meanwhile, a visit to Rome would like to forget the past seven days as soon as possible. After an embarrassing 4-0 league loss at Udinese, Jose Mourinho succumbed to a crushing 2-1 defeat against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets in Thursday’s Europa League match.
Therefore, both sides will go out to find a way out of the crises. Rome should be in a prime position to rebuild trust on Empoli’s account. The Gelorossi He emerged victorious in all five previous encounters with the Tuscany team, including the winning double by two goals in 2021/22. Without further ado, let’s move on to our preview.
Empoli’s problems against Roma are deep-rooted since they only have two wins from their last 12 Serie A matches (D3, L7). In fact, you should go to 2007 in order to achieve the most recent success in the first division of the Tuscan club against permanent tenants in the first division. Furthermore, Paolo Zanetti’s men failed to score in four of their previous six league matches against Roma.
Carlo Castellani Stadium wasn’t the fortress Empoli fans were hoping for in 2022. In fact, Azure They have won just one of their 11 Serie A matches at home (D6, L4), thanks to a 3-2 win over Napoli in April. It’s also worth noting that they kept only clean sheets in their 11-game sequence, snatching away the likes of Fiorentina and Spezia.
Despite all the problems and disappointing results, it looks like the future could be bright for Empoli. They are the only Serie A team to boast at least three top scorers born after 2000. High-ranked youngster Tommaso Baldanzi, who netted in Empoli’s 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona in his last Serie A home game, is the first. to watch it here.
Despite including Andrea Belotti and Paulo Dybala from the first minute, Roma coach Mourinho witnessed his side’s collapse in Razgrad on Thursday. With Tammy Abraham back in the starting line-up Gelorossi On a trip to Empoli, the visiting side will feel confident to return to their winning ways.
Before falling back to a disastrous defeat at the Dacia Arena last weekend, Roma were unbeaten in their first four Serie A matches this season (W3, D1). As each of these three wins were accompanied by a clean sheet, visitors will look to re-establish their stronghold in front of Rui Patricio’s goal.
However, since defeating Salernitana 1-0 in the first round, Roma have not won any of their subsequent three away matches in all competitions (D1, L2). Mourinho’s men averaged 0.66 goals per game as the confrontations spread. Belotti could help improve his paltry scoring return on the road as he has netted six goals in his last four games against Empoli.
It would be Empoli without Lorenzo Tonelli, while Mattia Destro’s availability is up in the air.
On the other hand, Roma cannot count on Marach Kumbula, Nicola Zalowski, Niccolo Zaniolo, Georginio Wijnaldum and Stephan El Shaarawy on this trip as everyone is suffering from injuries.
Empoli vs potential Roma
Empoli (4-3-1-2): William MP Petar Stojanovic, Ardian Ismagli, Sebastien Loberto, Fabian Baresi; Nicholas Haas, Marin, Thomas Baldanzi; Nadim Bjermy, Martin Satriano and Sam Lammers.
Rome (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Roger Ibanez; Rick Karsdorp, Maddy Camara, Nemanja Matic, Leonardo Spinazzola; Paulo Dybala, Lorenzo Pellegrini; Tammy Abraham.