Juventus vs Empoli Prediction, 8/28/2021 Serie A Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Juventus vs Empoli
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021
Location: Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy
Odds/Point Spread: Juventus (-339) Empoli (+862)
Allianz Stadium is the site where Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus (0-1-0, 9th in Serie A) will play Empoli (0-0-1, 18th in Serie A) on Saturday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Wojciech Szczesny for Juventus and Guglielmo Vicario for Empoli. The moneyline on this contest has Juventus coming in at -339 and the Blues are at +862. The O/U is set at 3.
Juventus played Udinese in their last match and finished with a draw by a score of 2-2. In the passing game, they finished this match with a 90.1% passes received percentage by connecting on 480 out of their 533 passing targets in their last game. Juventus tried 7 dribbles in this matchup and were able to convert 3 of those tries for a rate of 42.9%.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Juventus ended this match at a 30.0% clip by putting 3 shots on target out of 10 total shots.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Juventus. He has totaled 137 assists while accumulating 76 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. Ronaldo has been in the starting lineup in 546 games during his career and scores 0.88 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Portugal has 479 goals in 49,141 mins played.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Alvaro Morata, the defender representing Italy. He has helped a teammate on a goal 39 times in his career while he has scored 96 goals. Morata has been on the field for 15,006 minutes during 164 starts and has been given 55 yellow card cautions. He sports an average of 0.58 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Juventus will be Wojciech Szczesny. Szczesny has been on the pitch for 30,231 minutes and has 955 stops during his soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.05 (352 total goals conceded) and his save percentage is 74.0. The keeper from Poland has had 1,294 shots tried against him in 337 career starts. Szczesny (200-78-58 mark in his career) has earned 118 clean sheets, which gives him a 35.0% clean sheet rate.
The last time they took the field, Empoli walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-1 against Lazio. Empoli had a 38.1% successful dribble rate by completing 8 out of the 21 dribbles they tried. They finished the contest by converting 411 out of their 470 passing attempts for a percentage of 87.4%. Empoli landed 4 shots on goal out of their 17 shots tried which had them at a 23.5% rate when they last took the field.
Andrea La Mantia will need to provide a lift for Empoli. He sports an average of 0.48 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 109 games thus far in his career. The forward representing Italy has 9,861 minutes and he has scored 53 goals. He has accumulated 21 yellow cards during his career and has helped on a goal 11 times. Be sure to watch out for Leonardo Mancuso, the forward born in Italy. He has tallied 61 goals so far in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 16 times. Mancuso has earned himself a total of 17 yellow card warnings in 11,183 mins (128 starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.49.
Guglielmo Vicario will be residing in front of the goal for Empoli. Vicario has totaled 17 clean sheets while he has seen 198 shots against him in 7,037 minutes throughout his career. He is the owner of a save percentage of 74.2 and his clean sheet rate is 21.8%. He has surrendered 0.75 goals per 90 mins while he holds a mark of 25-23-30. In his pro soccer career, Vicario has allowed 59 goals and has 148 stops in 78 starts.
Who will win tonight's Serie A game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Empoli (+862)
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