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Empoli vs Udinese Live Stream & Tips - Tight Contest Expected in Serie A

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Last updated: 05 Oct 2023
Ryan Allan 05 Oct 2023
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  • Watch Empoli vs Udinese in Serie A (17.30 BST on Friday)
  • This game takes place at Stadio Carlo Castellani
  • Can Udinese win their first game of the season?
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  • Empoli vs Udinese Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Empoli Form
  • Empoli Team News
  • Udinese Form
  • Udinese Team News


Empoli vs Udinese Predictions


Both sides have struggled to score this season, so a low-scoring contest seems likely. Under 2.5 goals scored is my only selection for this Friday night Serie A matchup.

  • Empoli have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 matches.
  • Empoli have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 2 matches against Udinese.
  • Udinese have seen under 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 6 matches.

Head to Head


Friday’s match between Empoli and Udinese will be the 27th Serie A match between the sides since 1997.

Udinese leads the h2h with 11 wins to Empoli’s seven. 

More recently, the Udine-based side have won three and lost one of their last five league matches since 2018. 

Empoli Form


Empoli have endured a miserable start to the season with six losses, and just one win from seven Serie A fixtures.

Short of fire-power, Aurelio Andreazzoli’s failed to score in all six defeats, while their only goal came in a narrow 1-0 win against Salernitana. 

At the Stadio Carlo Castellani, Empoli had lost four successive matches before their sole success against Salernitana. 

Empoli Team News


Aurelio Andreazzoli’s team could be without as many as four key first-team players for Friday’s match against Udinese. 

Daniel Maldini, Elia Caprile, Bartosz Bereszynski, and Giuseppe Pezzella are all expected to be unavailable for the home side.

Udinese Form


Udinese come into this fixture still in search of a first league victory of the season. 

The Little Zebras have collected just four points from their first seven games since August. 

Away from Udine, Andrea Sottil’s side have failed to win any of their last eight Serie A matches (D2, L6).  

Udinese Team News


Andrea Sottil faces a significant absence of players for the trip to Empoli. 

Sandi Lovric is suspended due to a red card received in the match against Genoa.

In addition, several attackers, including Gerard Deulofeu, Brenner and Keinan Davis are currently sidelined with injuries. 

Enzo Ebosse and Adam Masina remain long-term absentees. 

Verdict

With both teams short in goals and confidence, I expect a tense affair with chances likely to prove few and far between.

I’m taking the under 2.5 goals pick as my sole selection at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.


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