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Dec 08, 2018, 11:35 PM Last Edit: Dec 09, 2018, 01:10 AM by Harry85
Match Day 15
Empoli vs. Bologna
Sunday, December 9th 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani

Last five matches form: L W D D D
Average goals per match: 1.43
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (9)

Last five matches form: L L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Fabio Quagliarella (7)

Something of a relegation six pointer in Serie A this weekend as third bottom Bologna travel to 16th placed Empoli. With just two points between the sides, there's plenty riding on this one.

These two sides last clashed in Serie A in the 2016/17 season with Empoli winning this fixture 3-1 and the reverse game ending in a goalless draw.

Empoli have the luxury of a fully fit squad from which to select. Bologna will be without the suspended Arturo Calabresi.

After a run of ten games without a win in Serie A, Empoli have picked up a little of late with two wins and a draw in their past three games. They have victories over CaglACiari, Udinese and Atalanta at home this season.

Bologna are now without a win in their past seven in Serie A, although they have picked up four draws during this sequence. Wins are what is needed though if they are to start climbing the table. Bologna's away form in Serie A does however leave a lot to be desired. I Rossublu have now failed to win any of their last 17 away from home in Italy's top tier.

There may be a few goals around in this one despite the lowly ranking of the sides, with both Empoli and Bologna seeming to have found their shooting boots of late. That dire away record of Bologna's is just too much to ignore though and we fancy in form Empoli to come out on top.

Prediction: Empoli 3 - 2 Bologna


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  9 - 16
Shots on target: 4 - 9
Corner Kicks: 4 - 8
Possession: 45% - 55%

Frederic Veseli was booked for the home side in this one with referee Paolo Valeri taking the names of Andrea Poli and Blerim Dzemaili of Bologna.

Bologna were undoubtedly a little unlucky not to come away with anything at all from this game. Well on top in the total shots, shots on target and edging possession, they weren't able to make the most of the opportunities that came their way and paid the price in the end.

The home side took the lead in the tenth minute here and a lovely goal it was too. Excellent passing and probing in and around the Bologna area as they waited for the opportunity to pounce. Swift interchange between Francesco Caputo and Antonio La Gumina setting Caputo free in the right side of the area. The angle was closing down on him, but he still managed to smash home at the near post from around six yards.

The equaliser came four minutes before the break. Rodrigo Palacio making inroads in the right side of the eighteen-yard box and whipping a ball across goal from the right side of the six yard box. Andrea Poli couldn't really miss from almost on the line, and didn't. 1-1 at the break.

Its been a season of dramatic late goals in Serie A so far this season and we had another one here. Not quite as late as some with Empoli finding the winner in the 80th minute. Miha Zajc getting a toe to a cross from the right. His effort may have been going in, but it struck teammate La Gumina who controlled around the keeper to slot into the empty net. 2-1 final score.

Empoli move up a spot to fifteenth on the back of this win and are now five points clear of the relegation zone. Bologna stay third bottom and two points adrift of safety.

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