Empoli will play at home against Milan in the 8th round of Serie A. The match will take place on October 1, starting at 18:45 GMT.
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Serie A 2022-23
It took seven Serie A games before Empoli celebrated their first league win of the season by beating Bologna (1-0) away on the final matchday.
Coach Paolo Zanetti praised his players for winning at just the right moment before the international break, which added value to their four draws this season and relegated them to the bottom of the middle table.
Now the club are returning to their home stadium, where they will try to record their first consecutive wins since last December.
It will not be an easy feat for a team that has only won once at home in 2022, albeit impressively against a top-four team against Napoli (at 3-2).
Milan snapped a 22-game unbeaten streak with the league coming to an end as they suffered a (1-2) home defeat to Napoli last time, dropping them out of the top four.
Their first defeat since January upset manager Stefano Pioli as it came despite a good performance by his side, who hit the bar twice and lost their chance to top the league.
Milan have now gone 15 away games unbeaten and are looking to get back on track, although their last away defeat in the league also came against Fiorentina last November.
The club, after 7 matches played, is in 5th place in the standings of the Italian championship with 14 points.
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Players to watch
Filippo Bandinelli scored the winning goal last time and has already equaled his two-goal tally last season. A football player can help his club in this match.
Milan’s Olivier Giroud, who also scored on the last matchday, has converted 17 of his 20 career penalties, including two this season. He hasn’t scored a goal since 2012.
Head to Head
The two teams have met 32 times in all competitions. Milan will show the best result against their rivals with 18 wins to their credit.
Empoli managed to beat the guests only four times, and 10 games ended in a draw. Milan recorded a league double over the hosts last season and are on a three-game winning streak.
Empoli form guide: L–W–W–L–L
AC Milan form guide: L–W–W–L–L
— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) September 30, 2022
|Empoli win 5.25||Draw 4.00||AC Milan win 1.61|
Milan have scored six goals in seven Serie A games this season and may not be able to score against the away side. The team has played four draws and is expected to play the same number here.
The visitors were defeated last time by a well-formed Napoli and will be looking to get back on track.
Given their solid track record touring Empoli, defeat is unlikely and a draw or win could follow.
Prediction for this match: Milan will win and there will be three or more goals scored in the match for 2.45.
- Milan win.