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Prediction: Empoli vs Inter Milan

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 25 Oct 2021

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Verdict: Inter Milan win

Best Odds: 8/15

Bookmaker: Unibet

Hoping to shake off of their weekend heartbreak, defending Serie A champions Inter Milan will make the trip to the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Wednesday night.

Empoli

Starting with the hosts, while Empoli might have suffered back-to-back defeats on either side of the international, they will be boosted by what was an action-packed affair over the weekend. Only piling more pressure onto a rock-bottom Salernitana, the Blues picked up a 4-2 victory on their travels and they have largely impressed many across Italy since opening the 2021/22 campaign. With Saturday’s win pushing them back into the top-half of the table, last season’s Serie B champions have managed to find their feet since making the step up in class. However, while Head Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli might find his side tipped as a leading pick to extend on their Serie A status this time around, their returning boss will have a headache over his side’s issues on home soil. Last seen at the Stadio Carlo Castellani getting hit with a 4-1 drumming against Champions League outfit Atalanta, Wednesday’s hosts have collected just three points from their opening five top-flight home fixtures.

Team News

31-year-old Simone Romagnoli is unlikely to feature at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Wednesday night.

Aside from their veteran defender, Empoli have no fresh injuries or suspensions to worry about in midweek.

Inter Milan

As for the visitors, while Inter Milan might have been seconds away from grabbing what would have been an eye-catching victory on home soil, they were instead hit with last-gasp heartbreak. Watching Juventus snatch a late equalizer at the San Siro, the defending Serie A champions are still trying to find some stability. Marking their return from October’s international break with a 3-1 defeat against Lazio on the road, new boss Simone Inzaghi has seen his side win just a pair of their last six matchups across all formats. Desperate to try and make up some ground on Wednesday night, Inter will at least be boosted by a rampant record against Empoli. Picking up a 2-1 win at the San Siro when the two sides last faced off back in 2019, Inzaghi’s men have won each of their last seven straight meetings against the Blues. With former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko now finding the net in back-to-back matchups, the midweek guests should be confident of making a return to winning ways at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.

Team News

Young Inter Milan keeper Gabriel Brazao will once again be missing on Wednesday due to an injury issue.

Shown a straight red card late into Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Juventus, Inter boss Simone Inzaghi will be forced to watch from the stands.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in 2019, Inter Milan picked up a 2-1 win at the San Siro.
    • Likewise, the defending Serie A champions have won each of their last seven straight meetings against Empoli.
    • Wednesday’s hosts have collected just three points from their five Serie A fixtures so far this season.
    • Inter Milan have won just a pair of their last six matchups across all formats.
    • Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has found the net in back-to-back matchups.

    Conclusion

    While Inter Milan might have been hit with late heartbreak on home soil over the weekend, they should be smelling a chance here. Desperate to make up some ground at the top of the table, Wednesday’s guests will be looking to cash in on an Empoli side who have shown some extended issues at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. With the Blues losing four of their opening five home fixtures so far this season, Inter will also be boosted by a rampant record against the Serie A returners. Winning each of their last seven straight meetings against Empoli, we’re backing a similar away victory in midweek.

    Verdict: Inter Milan win

    Best Odds: 8/15

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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