Empoli vs Napoli Prediction, 4/24/2022 Serie A Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Empoli vs Napoli
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022
Location: Carlo Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy
Odds/Point Spread: Empoli (+330) Napoli (-161)
Carlo Castellani Stadium is the venue where Nedim Bajrami and Empoli (8-10-15, 14th in Serie A) will take on Napoli (20-6-6, 3rd in Serie A) on Sunday. The goalies protecting the net are Guglielmo Vicario for Empoli and Alex Meret for Napoli. The moneyline on this game has Empoli priced at +330 and the Blues are at -161. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Empoli faced Udinese in their last matchup and went home with a loss by a final score of 4-1. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 96.3% received passes rate by converting 393 out of their 408 passing targets in their last game. Empoli tried 10 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 2 of those tries for a percentage of 20.0%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Empoli wrapped this game up at a 21.4% clip by putting 3 SoT out of 14 total shots. Empoli is averaging 1.18 goals per 90 (39 total goals) and have accounted for 17 assists in all contests for the year.
Nedim Bajrami is a guy who should impact this matchup for Empoli. He has accounted for 19 assists while tallying 10 yellow card warnings in his career. Bajrami has been a starter in 125 games so far in his pro soccer career and tallies 0.18 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Albania has racked up 22 goals in 10,983 professional minutes.
Someone else who should impact this game is Andrea Pinamonti, the forward hailing from Italy. Pinamonti has earned 6,574 minutes in 69 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 5 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 21 total goals. He currently averages 0.29 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for Empoli is Guglielmo Vicario. Vicario (33-33-44 mark during his soccer career) has earned 23 shutouts, which leaves him with a 20.9% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper hailing from Italy has seen 374 shots tried against him in 110 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.05 (116 goals allowed) and his save % is 71.7. Vicario has seen the field for 9,917 mins and has tallied 271 saves in his career.
The last time they took the field, Napoli went home defeated by a final of 3-2 against Fiorentina. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 436 out of their 513 passes they tried earning a rate of 85.0%. Napoli earned a 26.3% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 5 out of the 19 dribbles they pursued. Napoli had 3 shots on target out of their 15 shots tried which gave them a 20.0% rate in their last outing. With 58 goals and 33 assists in all competitions, Napoli sports an average of 1.81 goals and 1.03 assists per 90.
Matteo Politano should be someone to watch for Napoli. The forward who is from Italy has been on the field for 17,976 minutes while scoring 49 goals. He has 26 yellow card cautions during his soccer career and has assisted on a goal 31 times. He is averaging 0.25 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 209 games during his career. Be sure to watch out for Lorenzo Insigne, the forward representing Italy. Insigne has been handed 26 yellow card warnings in 26,706 mins played (310 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.37. He has 111 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 87 times.
Alex Meret will be looking after the goal for Napoli. In his career, Meret has given up 115 goals and has tallied 301 saves in 103 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.12 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 53-26-23. He sports a save % of 74.4 and his shutout rate is currently at 30.1%. Meret has tallied 31 shutouts while defending 403 shots attempted against him in 9,257 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's Serie A game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Empoli (+330)
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