Lazio vs Empoli predictions and betting tips for this rare Thursday night Serie A fixture on February 7th with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included.
Lazio got back on track with a Monday night victory against Frosinone. It was the second time they’ve beaten their near neighbours this season and it’s a quick turnaround for Simone Inzaghi’s men here. Le Aquile are back at Stadio Olimpico for this Thursday night encounter with lowly Empoli. The Tuscans have been pretty entertaining this season although their defence is extremely suspect. With Lazio having only kept two clean sheets at home this campaign, this could be an entertaining 90 minutes. See our Lazio vs Empoli predictions below.
Simone Inzaghi described Monday’s result as a “very important win” and he was delighted with his side’s solid, determined performance. They remain within spitting distance of the top four and three points here would propel them above Inter and into the Europa League spots. They’ve been a little inconsistent so far this season and they’ve won just one of their last five home matches but they have faced some tough opposition during that run. They’ve already beaten SPAL, Frosinone, Cagliari and Genoa at this ground and they will be expected to get the better of Empoli. At a price of 1/3, Lazio will be placed in many midweek accumulators but we’re going to have to find value elsewhere. They may have kept a clean sheet on Monday night but shutouts are few and far between and Empoli have been handy in front of goal recently. The visitors have shipped five goals in their last two matches and have conceded the just highest in the league (44). There could be plenty of goals in this one. The away side have only failed to score on six occasions this campaign with just two of those blanks being fired since October 6th. Lazio Win and Both Teams to Score gives us a much heartier price and it is the first of our Serie A predictions for this evening.
Empoli’s defence is a real worry. They are slowly slipping back towards Serie B and it’s their lack of organisation which is causing major problems. They conceded three times to Genoa, a side who had previously failed to find the net in their last three outings and they conceded a further two goals at home to bottom club, Chievo. This is a quick turnaround for Lazio but they don’t have a Serie A game until Feb 23rd after this and even though there are fitness doubts about some their players, they should have enough to bag a few goals here. Lazio have hit three goals on three occasions at Stadio Olimpico this season and they’ve all been against sides in the bottom half. Each of that trio have conceded fewer goals than Empoli and they all sit above them in the table. Over 2.5 Lazio Goals is definitely worth backing here and it’s the second of our Lazio vs Empoli predictions.
Inzaghi spoke post-match about his side’s quick turnaround and suggested that there may be a few late fitness tests ahead of this game. Marco Parolo is suspended and won’t feature whilst Luis Alberto felt a twinge on Monday night and may be rested as a precaution. Ciro Immobile is also not quite fully fit but he is likely to feature in some capacity. He did confirm that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will start this game and he’s been scoring plenty of goals in front of the home fans recently. He netted against Cagliari and Torino and also hit the target in the Coppa Italia against Novara. The talented midfielder is the third of our Lazio vs Empoli predictions for Thursday night’s game.
The hosts are understandably short for this game and they can be backed at 1/3. Empoli can be backed at 15/2 although they are yet to taste victory in 2019. Their last victory was on December 9th although they’ve picked up plenty of draws in that time and it’s 4/1 to end all-square in the capital.
Goals are expected and it’s 8/15 for Over 2.5 in this one. It’s 6/5 for those who fancy Over 3.5 Goals and it looks like a decent bet with six of Empoli’s matches ending with exactly four goals this season.
Ciro Immobile is leading the way in all of the goalscoring markets and he can be backed at 21/10 to open the scoring here. Felipe Caicedo, who netted earlier in the week is the second favourite and can be backed at 4/1.
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