Last season was a great one for both Frosinone and Empoli. Both clubs have been in the lower tiers of Italian football for much of their history, with Frosinone only spending one season in Serie A and Empoli spending just 12 seasons in the top flight prior to this year. Empoli and Frosinone both
returned to Serie A this season after winning promotion, yet both clubs are in danger of being immediately relegated. They are each in the relegation zone after the first eight games of the year.
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- Frosinone vs. Empoli
- Date and Time: October 21, 2018, 6:30 a.m. ET
- Location: Stadio Benito Stirpe, Frosinone, Italy
- US Television Coverage: ESPN2
- Betting Line: Empoli PK -131, O/U 2.5
It has been an awful start to the season for Frosinone. The club is dead last in every major category, and they are only in 19th place instead of 20th due to Chievo being docked three points. Frosinone are 0-1-7 through eight games. They have given up the most goals in the league 21and scored the fewest goals in the league 3. They were held without a goal in each of their first six games, and only recently started to tally goals. If you’re looking for a silver lining you have to squint, but at least the club has scored three goals in their last two matches. Of course, they failed to get a result in either though. At this point, it’s looking like relegation is a certainty unless something changes drastically.
Empoli have a much better chance of avoiding the ax. They are currently just one point back of 17th place Atalanta, and they can probably stay up if they can start to score goals. Empoli have scored just five goals on the year, and that is the third-worst total in Serie A. The club started the season with a win over Cagliari, and they picked up draws against Chievo and AC Milan. They will be out for the full three points here, especially with Juventus coming to town next Saturday.
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Frosinone have a handful of players that may miss this match due to injury. Forward Luca Paganini and Federico Dionisi are sure scratches as they continue to recover from ACL ruptures. Both players aren’t slated to return until 2019 at the earliest, so the club will have to navigate this schedule without them. Midfielder Emil Hallfredsson and defender Luka Krajnc are listed as questionable to play against Empoli, while defender Marco Capuano is probable.
Unfortunately, there are some long-term injuries on the side of Empoli as well. Defender Lorenzo Polvani tore his ACL in the first game of the season and is out for the remainder of the campaign. Forward Alejandro Rodriguez suffered an ACL tear in April, and he is still on the mend and won’t play against Frosinone. Defenders Luca Antonelli and Freddie Veseli are both questionable, but fortunately captain Manuel Pasqual looks set to take the pitch again.
Matchup to Watch
Frosinone have the least potent attack in Serie A, but they should be able to find some more operating room against Empoli. Empoli have a pair of center backs in Pasqual and Domenico Maietta that are both in their late 30s and have trouble keeping up if they are isolated. That gives Frosinone some hope they can make it three matches in a row with a goal here.
Frosinone vs. Empoli Free Picks
Although it seems logical that both teams would want to open it up and gun for all three points given their standing in the table, all too often we see teams playing very reserved football under these circumstances. That’s why I’ll be on the under here.
Frosinone vs. Empoli Prediction: Empoli 1, Frosinone 0
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