Empoli hosts Juventus in round 27 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Saturday, February 26th at Stadio Carlo Castellani (Empoli)
The newcomer to the top division of Italian football has recently slowed down a lot. The last time Empoli won was in mid-December last year. Thus, the team has not known the taste of victory for 10 consecutive matches in all competitions. At the same time, the calendar presented not only strong opponents, but also those against whom the Blues could score points. So far, Empoli is in the middle of the standings. Last weekend, the Blues suffered their 11th defeat in the current Serie A draw. Aurelio Andreazzolli’s men lost 2-0 to Sampdoria. The brace of the experienced 39-year-old striker Fabio Quagliarella by the 30th minute put the Empoli players into a stupor. As a result, the blues didn’t deliver a single shot on target in the second half.
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Juventus jumped to the fourth line of the Italian championship standings, but it’s too early to rejoice because the situation can change at any moment. The Black-and-Whites have difficulties with earning points against strong or very tough opponents. Three of their last five matches ended in a draw. The Zebras failed to beat AC Milan, Atalanta, and Torino. The previous round of Serie A gave the fans the Turin derby. Juventus scored an early goal, but Andrea Belotti equalized in the second half, and nobody scored more. Of course, Massimiliano Allegri was upset because of this result, but at the post-match press conference, he noted the following: “The game was far from ideal, but we extended the unbeaten streak.” Let’s recall that Juventus has not lost 17 consecutive games in all competitions.
We shouldn’t expect many goals in the upcoming game. The hosts will fight on every part of the pitch to somehow earn points against the giants of local football. The Empoli players will be happy if they hold a draw. In turn, Juventus players will be tired. Allegri may have to rotate as the team played against Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League playoffs in the middle of the week. The game against Empoli will be the second away game in a row for the Old Lady. In the first round, the Blues showed that they could beat the Zebras. Let’s recall that the game in Turin ended with a score of 1-0 in favor of Empoli. Therefore, we shouldn’t wait for a goal show in the upcoming game.