Empoli Vs Roma Betting Tip: Over 2.5 & BTTS – 23 January 2022

Porous backlines can contribute to lively spectacle in Tuscany?

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Sunday 23 January, 2022 – 17:00 (GMT)
Italian Serie A
Pick: Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score
Odds: 8/11
Bookmaker: Bet365
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 20 January 2022)

Preview: Goals are usually the order of the whenever these teams take to the pitch in Serie A, so we could be in for quite the spectacle inside Stadio Carlo Castellani when Empoli welcome Roma to Tuscany on Sunday evening.

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Empoli – Gli Azzurri to avoid third successive home loss?

Among the favourites to go straight back down to Serie B following their promotion as second tier champions last season, it is looking increasingly likely that the 2022-23 top-flight campaign in Italy will once again feature the Tuscany outfit. Head coach Aurelio Andreazzoli deserves immense credit for steering the club on to the brink of the table’s top half, but must guard against complacency in their remaining fixtures.

Last week’s draw in Venezia extended their winless run in Serie A to five matches (D3 L2), although that is now just two defeats in ten going back to mid-November. In this period they have beaten Fiorentina and Napoli, drawn a six-goal thriller at Lazio, but sustained heavy defeats the last two occasions they were here at Stadio Carlo Castellani, versus Milan and Sassuolo. So they can be anything on the day.

Key Stat: Emploi are yet to register a clean sheet at home in Serie A in 2021-22, but did score themselves in nine of eleven said matches. This suggests goals are forthcoming in Tuscany this weekend: there has been Over 2.5 Goals in 10 of 11 Empoli home games this season.


Both Teams to Score in First Half



Roma – Don’t bank on Giallorossi clean sheet?

Jose Mourinho’s era in Rome has been rocky to say the least. Consistency has been the biggest issue so far, with the Giallorossi winning successive league games on only two occasions since September. They do have an opportunity to make that three on Sunday, however, against an opponent they appear to have the beating of having won each of the last four meetings between the sides since 2017.

It is unlikely to be straightforward though. Roma arrive in Tuscany with one win from four league outings, which was a less than convincing 1-0 scoreline at home to a Cagliari side 18th in the table. Away from home they remain incredibly unreliable (W4 L6). Failing to keep their clean sheet in tact in seven of ten away match ups so far, doing so only at Genoa and Salernitana, sides in 19th and 20th respectively.

Key Stat: There has been Over 2.5 Goals in seven of the ten Serie A away games for Roma this season. Their inconsistency on the road is encapsulated perfectly with their latest two results: a clinical 4-1 victory at Atalanta followed by a crushing 3-1 loss at the San Siro to AC Milan.

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Empoli Vs Roma Betting Advice

In spite of some spotty form, with it one win in four league games coming into Sunday’s contest in Tuscany, it is the visitors who start out as favourites. Roma find themselves six points better off in seventh over an Empoli side in 11th, but have lost more often than not on their travels this season (W4 L6). However, the Giallorossi did win the reverse fixture 2-0 in Rome, giving them four straight head-to-head victories.


Empoli Vs Roma – Key Facts:

  • Not since February 2007 have Empoli registered victory over Roma in Serie A, the Giallorossi going unbeaten in 14 subsequent meetings (D3) which includes wins in each of the last four.
  • Between them these teams have recorded two clean sheets in 21 combined home and away league games in 2021-22, with 18 of these matches seeing three or more goals.
  • Empoli’s previous two Serie A contests as hosts saw both teams find the net before half-time. This was also the case in Roma’s last two away league games.

Empoli have shown a willingness to trade with the big boys, scoring past Atalanta, Fiorentina, Lazio and Milan at Estadio Carlo Castellani where they still haven’t kept a clean sheet. Yet they ended up losing all but the Fiorentina game, and are coming off 4-2 and 5-1 defeats here to Milan and Sassuolo. I suspect there will be goals: 10 of 11 Empoli home games went Over 2.5 Goals, as have 7 of 10 Roma away fixtures.

Best Betting Odds – Empoli Vs Roma

Empoli – 16/5 (BetVictor)
Draw – 16/5 (Betfair)
Roma – 4/5 (WilliamHill)