A huge match will take place tonight in Serie A as Empoli hosts AS Roma at Stadio Carlo Castellani. This match is very crucial both for Empoli and AS Roma. Empoli are fighting to get out of the relegation zone and they have no alternative than winning the match tonight against Roma. 

Meanwhile, AS Roma have a great chance tonight to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. If they can defeat Empoli tonight, they will enter the top five in Serie A. The upcoming Champions League will be played with 48 teams, allowing five teams from Serie A.

However, it will be tough for Roma to qualify for the Champions League even though they would beat Empoli tonight. Their Champions League dream completely relies on Atalanta, the current fifth team in Serie A. Roma will only qualify if Atalanta fail to win their remaining two league games. 

Roma boss Daniel De Rossi also knows how difficult it would be. “Quite honestly I think it’s unlikely that this current Atalanta side won’t be able to get the points they need to finish in the top four. I think it’s very unlikely. But regardless of that, I’m already thinking about what we can do in the coming years to earn the points we need so that we don’t have to rely on favours from other teams or the right permutations,” said the Roma boss. 

Stats & Facts

  • Empoli have lost their last eight consecutive league meetings with AS Roma. Only against Udinese, Roma have won more successive matches in Serie A.
  • A win over Roma would see Empoli winning the home game for the first time since 2007.
  • Since their home win in 2007, Empoli have failed to win any of their last seven home matches against AS Roma.
  • If Empoli fail to win tonight, they will be relegated for the first time since the 2018-2019 season.

Team News

Empoli will miss the service of Alberto Cerri due to his thigh injury. Midfielder Alberto Grassi is also unable to play due to a three-match suspension in Serie A, while Tyronne Ebuehi is out of the squad due to an injury.

As for Roma, striker Romelu Lukaku has to serve a ban due to yellow card accumulation. As a result, Tammy Abraham is likely to replace the Belgian striker. Paulo Dybala has returned to training and should be available for tonight’s game.

Possible Lineup for Empoli:

Caprile; Bereszynski, Ismajli, Luperto; Gyasi, Maleh, Marin, Bastoni, Pezzella; Cambiaghi, Niang

Possible Lineup for Roma:

Svilar; Celik, Mancini, Ndicka, Angelino; Bove, Cristante, Pellegrini; Dybala, Abraham, El Shaarawy

Prediction: Empoli 0-1 AS Roma

Roma returned to the winning track with the match against Geona following their three-match winless run. Roma’s performance against big names have been poor recently. But Empoli are also not in a good rhythm and could be relegated. Therefore, we expect AS Roma to win tonight after a good fight with Empoli.

Betfair Odds

Empoli 2.20

Draw: 3.57

AS Roma: 3.33

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