Preview - AC Milan vs Empoli 23 February 19

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Match Day 25
AC Milan  vs. Empoli
Saturday, February 23rd 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro   

AC Milan: 
Last five matches form: W D D W W
Average goals per match: 1.46
Average goals against per match: 0.92
Top Scorer: Suso (5)

Empoli:
Last five matches form: D L D L W
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.88
Top Scorer: Francesco Caputo (11)


Two sides under differing kinds of pressure at opposite ends of the Serie A table lock horns at the San Siro on Match Day 25 as AC Milan play host to Empoli.


Currently lying fourth but only one point clear of Roma, AC Milan need to keep winning if they are to maintain their hold on the final Champion's League qualifying position.


Empoli meanwhile are fourth bottom and looking over their shoulders as they bid to beat the drop. They are three points clear of the bottom three at present but don't have too much room for manoeuvre.


Empoli have a good recent record against their more illustrious opponents having picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at home earlier this season and stunning Milan with a 2-1 win on their most recent visit here in 2017.


Milan will be without top scorer Suso through suspension, whilst Giacomo Bonaventura and Mattia Caldara are out injured. Luca Antonelli looks like being the sole absentee for Empoli.


Milan have lost just one of their past twelve in Serie A - at home to Fiorentina. They have won seven of twelve overall at home in the league, conceding one or fewer goals in nine of those games.


Empoli have a respectable scoring record for a side in their position and arrive on a high having ended an eight game winless streak when beating Sassuolo 3-0 at home on Match Day 24. One thing they haven't done yet this season though is win away from home, with seven defeats and four draws from their fixtures to date.


The league table doesn't lie - there is a big gulf between thee sides at present. We fancy Empoli may get on the scoresheet, but that likely won't be enough to get anything out of this one.





Prediction: AC Milan 2 - 1 Empoli


Harry85

Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  11 - 9
Shots on target: 7 - 1
Corner Kicks: 6 - 2
Possession: 58% - 42%

Just the one booking apiece at the San Siro. Referee Piero Giacomelli taking the names of Hakan Calhonoglu of AC Milan and Giovanni Di Lorenzo of Empoli.

It did take AC Milan a while to make their superiority tell here, but this ended up being a pretty routine home win in the end.

It was Empoli who just about had the better of what was a fairly mundane opening period, registering five shots to just two from a slightly off the pace Milan. They didn't have anything to show for it though and we headed into the break locked at 0-0.

Milan were simply a different side after the interval and took the lead in the 49th minute. Empoli losing the ball just outside their own box and paying a heavy price. Hakan Calhonoglu found in the right of the box and playing in a low cross for Krzysztof Piatek to slot home from eight yards.

The second arrived just two minutes later as the game was quickly taken away from Empoli. The influential Samu Castillejo driving through midfield to the right and slipping in Franck Kessie in the right of the area. Cool dinked finish from Kessie from twelve yards.

AC made it three in the 67th minute. Andrea Conti playing in a low ball from the right-hand side and Castillejo beating the keeper low at his near post from the right corner of the six yard box. 3-0 final score.

Important win for AC Milan, ensuring they will maintain their place in the top four for another week. Empoli stay fourth bottom and three clear of third bottom Bologna ahead of their clash with Juventus.



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