Preview & Betting Tip
Empoli - Bari In this Sunday duel of the 33rd round of Italian Serie B that we will analyse for you meet two teams that are in a great shape and that were not defeated in this month. However, Empoli stands much better in the table and is on the high fourth place, while Bari is placed just above the relegation zone. Let us say that Empoli won their last two matches, including one from the autumn part of the current season when it was 2-3 in Bari. Begins: 24.03.2013 – 20:45 CET
However, Empoli in the latter part of the season plays even better than in the first one, so is currently in one brilliant series of four wins and only one draw. The draw took place two rounds ago in the league match with 12th-placed Lanciano, which can certainly be considered as a failure, so they very much welcomed the away victory five days ago over Modena. It just tells us that coach Sarri can be more than satisfied with effectiveness of his strikers Maccarone and Tavano, who together scored nine goals in the last three matches, while on the other hand their teammates from the defence line don’t inspire much confidence. That’s why we should expect some changes in that part of the team, especially on positions of the left defender and stopper, where unrecovered Accardi and Mori should be replaced by Regini and Tonelli. Anyway, after this great series Empoli has reached the fourth place in Serie B, so by the end of the season will probably wage a big battle for better position ahead of the playoffs for promotion into higher rank of the competition.
Probable lineups FC Empoli: Bassi – Laurini, Romeo, Regini, Tonelli – Moro, Valdifiori, Croce – Saponara – Maccarone, Tavano
Unlike Empoli, Bari currently leads the bitter struggle for survival, primarily because they were before the start of the season sanctioned with subtraction of seven points on charges for match-fixing. But this unenviable situation seemed to have even more motivated the coach Torrente’s players so in the last four rounds they won 10 points, and thus escaped from the relegation zone. Of course, by the quality of the players their place is in this rank of football competition, so it is expected that in the remaining 10 rounds maintain such a good pace, especially in the attack where competition within the team is in fact the strongest. That’s why Bari lately plays in one extremely offensive formation, where again captain Caputo stands out with 13 scored goals. On the other hand, the coach Torrente has a lot more problems in defence. In this match with Empoli will not play injured defenders Polenta and Ceppitelli, and it is under question mark appearance of the unrecovered defender Ristovski and defensive midfielder Romizi.
Probable lineups AS Bari: Lamanna – Sabelli, Altobello, Claiton, Rossi – De Falco, Sciaudone – Iunco, Bellomo, Ghezzal – Caputo
FC Empoli – AS Bari
As the both teams are in great form, especially in the attack, then it’s definitely the most realistic option that in this duel we witness a completely open game with a lot of scored goals.
Better's Tip: Over 2.5