This is the 18th match fixture in in the Italian Seria A between Torino and Empoli at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino, home ground of FC Torino. All the Seria A ten games of the day have been scheduled for Boxing Day, the day the trade reserves for post-Christmas promotions. The kick-off is scheduled for 18:00. The home team Torino are considered to be the favorite for this match having managed to win 2 and drawn 2 in the process in their last 4 games played vs the visitors Empoli. However, in the last previous match they played in this Stadium was on 5th of February, 2017 which ended in a 1-1 draw. The scorer of the match for both teams are Andrea Belloti(Torino) and Manuel Pucciarelli(Empoli).
After a quick passage through the qualifying zone for European competitions in the Italian Seria A, Torino is set to cross an hurdles again when they face a 15th place Empoli who are yet to win a single game as a guest since May, so they are winless on the road in their last 8 matches. The home team I Granata are currently in 11th place with 23 points, after 5 wins, 8 draws and 4 losses in the 2018/2019 campaign. In the penultimate game, they lost at home against Juventus by a goal to nil and in their previous match they drew 1-1 against Sassuolo. The home team Torino are stronger whenever they are playing at home and in front of their fans, they have managed to win 3 Times in six home games, losing twice to big teams like Napoli and Juventus but the I Granata are better when playing against a mediocre team at home.
This match is definitely gonn' be a tough one for Empoli because they are yet to win a single game as a visitor since their dramatic win against Brescia 0-2 and that was on 12/05/2018. After 4 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses, the Azzurriis are currently in 15th place, having won 16 points. In the last game, they lost to Sampdoria at home 2-4, having lost in a previous game against Fiorentina 3-1. Defensive solidity has not been the Azzurriis strong point, having conceded at least one goal in each of their last 10 games, but atleast they are good offensively has they havs regularly scored in 9 of their last 10 matches in Seria A 2018/2019 campaign. However, the threat of been relegated to the Seria B is still very much hovering around them and it thus looks like a reality. The difference between them and the 18th place Bologna is just of 3 points. In addition, Empoli's results as visitors are unable to give hope to the fans, conceding 10 goals in their last 4 matches.
- Empoli have conceded at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches in Seria A.
- For Empoli,The full squad is available for Giuseppe Iachini, who will be able to field Ismael Bennacer and Rade Krunic.
- For the home team Torino, Salvatore Sirigu skipped the previous game but he is expected to return for this home fixture.
- Empoli have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 away matches against Torino in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Torino's last 3 games in Seria A.
Torino ranked 11th, isn't what they really wished since the start of the season and I don't think they are satisfied with it been in that position as they have been playing better currently but they just lack the finishing touches and obviously unlucky in front of goal. Empoli is coming to Turin with two straight losses, while Torino drew 1-1 against Sassuolo four days ago and I believe the host will try to capitalize on the fact that the guest are not playing so well on the road and again they haven't won an away game since mid may. So I believe its gonn' be an easy ride for the host and the fans. My bet will be on the home team winning this game, and again since the guest have not any injury worries I expect them to come to this game with a fresh squad and they are probably gonn' make it difficult for the home team, so an option for an under bet is also gonn' be a good call here.
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