Empoli vs Fiorentina Match Review
August 20, 2022
Fiorentina travels to Empoli on Sunday evening to play in their first away game of the year, a Tuscan derby.
While the hosts have lost back-to-back games to cap a terrible year, the Viola have began their 2022–23 season with victories in Serie A and Europe.
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Empoli vs Fiorentina Tips and Prediction
Fiorentina have exploded out of the gates over the past week as the competitive action got underway, following back-to-back defeats to close the preseason.
Last Sunday at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Vincenzo Italiano’s team defeated promoted Cremonese in a victory to begin their Serie A campaign.
The Viola played in the manner desired by their respected coach, putting in the most shots of any club on the opening matchday, as well as having the greatest possession share (74.6%).
A few days later, they played their first of two games over the course of seven days against FC Twente, with Thursday’s Europa Conference League playoff first leg taking place in Florence.
Fiorentina, which finished seventh in the league last season, has been trying to qualify for the group stage of Europe’s newest club competition. In recent months, they have furthered their impressive record at the Franchi, where they have amassed the second-most points in Italy at home.
With a 2-1 victory over their Eredivisie opponents, they are well prepared for their return to the Netherlands the following week. However, they must first turn their focus back to domestic duty and try to defeat their neighborhood rivals.
The home team has triumphed in each of the last four Serie A derbies between Empoli and Fiorentina, including a 2-1 victory for the home team during their most recent meeting at Stadio Carlo Castellani in November. The Azzurri’s fortunes have since fallen off, although they were fortunate to avoid relegation at the conclusion of their comeback campaign, sealing safety more via the mistakes of others than by their own combat fitness.
Following last week’s opening-day loss to probable relegation rivals Spezia, Empoli has now lost 20 of their last 22 games in the top division.
A Coppa Italia loss to lower-tier SPAL cast a shadow over the new league season, and the Azzurri still appear to be lacking in the front line after Andrea Pinamonti left for Sassuolo. This comes after promising preseason play that culminated with four straight victories.
While Empoli’s losing streak is expected to continue, Fiorentina’s attacking prowess under Vincenzo Italiano should earn them the maximum number of points from this local match. Fiorentina can be weak defensively, and fatigue after Thursday’s efforts could be a factor.