Roma-vs-Empoli-20-january-2015-prediction

Serie A title hopefuls AS Roma turn their attention to Coppa Italia as they get ready to host Empoli at Stadio Olimpico. The hosts are the overwhelming favorites in this clash and tipsters alike seem to think the Giallorossi should secure their place into the next round.

It would be easier to bet on an outright AS Roma win if it weren’t for the fact that in the last Serie A matches, they have not been playing at their 100% potential. Granted they do have an unbeaten run of five matches, but the last two ended in draws. In the latest trip to Palermo, Roma had to come from behind to equalize thanks to a Destro goal in the 54th minute. Roma already lost six points form their draws in the fight for the first place, and this being their first Coppa Italia match they might want to prove a point. On Stadio Olimpico they have not lost in Serie A and even managed to keep a clean sheet in 7 out of 10 matches.
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Empoli are the Serie A team specialized in draws: they have five of them in their latest six matches. The visitors are currently on the 16th place in the table and come from a goalless draw against Internazionale, a match they could have easily won had it not been for Handanovic saving his team time and time again. Empoli do not have any squad problems, but they do have issues with goal scoring, a thing which they did not do in three matches. The visitors lost their Serie A game with AS Roma back in September, with minimal scoreline, but it does give Empoli hopes for another draw at the very least.

Bet365 gives AS Roma 1.40 odds to win, Empoli got 8.50 and a draw 4.33 odds. The hosts have 1.16 odds for a qualification, Empoli 5.00 and under 2.5 goals has 2.00 odds. AS Roma for both halves has 2.00 odds, Empoli 15.00 and a draw in the first half, plus a Roma win in the second has 3.75 odds. The hosts to keep a clean sheet have 1.90 odds, Empoli 7.00, and we’re betting 7 units on the second half being AS Roma’s highest scoring one with 2.25 odds from Bet365.

AS Roma: Team’s Formation

26
De Sanctis
25
Holebas
23
Astori
24
Florenzi
2
Yanga-Mbiwa
32
Paredes
15
Pjanić
6
Strootman
22
Destro
8
Ljajić
7
Iturbe

Empoli: Team’s Formation

33
Sepe
23
Hysaj
26
Tonelli
24
Rugani
19
Barba
11
Croce
88
Vecino
6
Valdifiori
18
Verdi
20
Pucciarelli
9
Mchedlidze

End prediction for the match:
AS Roma highest scoring half: the second one

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