Competition: Serie A
Market: Monza double chance
Odds: 1/2 @ Pribet
Hoping to make up some ground in the top-half chase, Monza will travel to the Stadio Carlo Castellani when they meet Empoli on Sunday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, while Empoli might have eventually breezed their way to Serie A safety last season, the Azzurri are facing a major uphill battle this time around. Last seen putting in another downbeat display as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Verona, Davide Nicola’s men are sat firmly in the drop zone and already five points adrift of finding a route out of the drop zone. Rightfully tipped as a leading relegation contender in 2024, the Blues are without a single win from any of their previous eight straight Serie A appearances – a run that stems all the way back to November 12th. Opening the New Year with a routine 3-0 drumming against Italian giants AC Milan, Empoli should also be concerned by their extended crisis on home soil. Signing off 2023 with a 2-0 defeat against Lazio, Nicola’s side have collected just two points from any of their last six showdowns at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.
As for the visitors, making an immediate return to losing ways last week as they slumped to an action-packed 5-1 drumming at home against Inter Milan, Monza will be seeking an immediate response here. Opening the New Year with an action-packed 3-2 victory away at Frosinone, the Reds will be excited by their continued success away from the Stadio Brianteo. With their sights still set on pinching a top-half finish among Italy’s elite this season, Raffaele Palladino’s men have lost just one of their previous five appearances on the road – a run that stems all the way back to October 22nd. Smelling what appears to be a golden opportunity this weekend, Monza will also be excited by their reverse Serie A showdown against Sunday’s hosts. Landing a routine 2-0 win when they welcomed Empoli to Lombardy back on August 26th, we are predicting an away double chance for the top-half contenders here.
Bet: Monza double chance against Empoli 1/2 for Sunday’s Serie A showdown @ Pribet