Preview - Empoli vs Frosinone 17 March 19

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Match Day 28
Empoli vs. Frosinone
Sunday, March 17th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani

Empoli: 
Last five matches form: L W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.26
Average goals against per match: 1.96
Top Scorer: Francesco Caputo (12)

Frosinone:
Last five matches form: W L L D L
Average goals per match: 0.74
Average goals against per match: 1.89
Top Scorer: Camillo Ciano (7)


This week's big relegation battle in Serie A comes at the Stadio Carlo Castellani as fourth bottom Empoli play host to second bottom Frosinone. With only four points between the sides headed into the game, the result here could have a significant bearing on who stays and who goes in Serie A this season.


There have been plenty of goals around in the games between these two of late, with both this game last season - when the sides met in Serie B - and the reverse fixture in the current campaign ending in a 3-3 draw.


Luca Antonelli, Antonio La Gumina and Levan Mchedlidze are all out for the home side. Paolo Ghiglione looks like being the only absentee for Frosinone.


Empoli's record at home is pretty fair considering their league position. They head here unbeaten in their past three in front of their own fans and have scored two or more goals in eight of their 14 home games so far this season.


Frosinone have shown signs of improvement of late and were a little unfortunate to lose to Torino last week. Having kept three clean sheets in their past four away fixtures, they will be optimistic of picking something up from this game. It is goals which have been the problem though, with Frosinone failing to score in nine of 14 away fixtures.


In contrast to recent games between the sides, this looks like being tight. Overall we fancy Empoli's greater goal threat may prove decisive.




Prediction: Empoli 1 - 0 Frosinone


Harry85

Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  13 - 14
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 2
Possession: 48% - 52%


Manuel Pasqual, Barlomiej Dragowski, Afriyie Acquah and Matias Silvestre were all booked for the home side, with referee Davide Massa also taking the names of Luca Valzania and Edoardo Goldaniga of Frosinone.


Very even match on the stats. In general play there was little to nothing to split these two on the day. It was in the end Empoli's greater threat in the final third which ultimately proved the difference though, enabling the home side to pick up a vital three points.


The home side took the lead in the twentieth minute. Diego Farias driving forward into the area with real intent only to be halted by Luca Paganini. The referee consulting VAR and awarding the spot kick. Francesco Caputo firing low and hard down the middle.


Seven minutes before the break Empoli doubled their advantage. Nice move this one. Working the ball from left to right and then back across, Rade Krunic then laid the ball into the path of Marko Pajac around 12-yards out to the left hand side. Pajac smashing into the top left corner. 2-0 at the break.


Empoli could - and probably should - have added to their lead but failed to do so and in the end found themselves hanging on a little.


Frosinone pulled one back with twenty minutes remaining. Daniel Ciofani latching onto a ball in the right of the area and rifling a volley across goal. Dragowski saved excellently but Luca Valzania was on hand to tap in the rebound at the far post. That's as good as it got for Frosinone though. 2-1 final score.


Hugely important result for Empoli in what was a good week for the sides towards the bottom of the table. They keep their heads above water, but only just, sitting fourth bottom and a solitary point above the relegation positions. Things now look a whole lot tougher for Frosinone. They stay second bottom but are now eight points adrift of safety.




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