Udinese vs Empoli Prediction, 4/16/2022 Serie A Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Udinese vs Empoli
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022
Location: Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy
Odds/Point Spread: Udinese (-111) Empoli (+319)
Andrea Pinamonti and Empoli (8-10-14, 13th in Serie A) travel to Dacia Arena on Saturday where they'll meet Udinese (9-12-10, 11th in Serie A). The goalies expected to start will be Marco Silvestri for Udinese and Guglielmo Vicario for Empoli. The Blues are at at +319 while the White and Blacks are at -111. The over/under is set at 2.75.
Udinese faced Venezia in their last match and walked away with a win by a score of 2-1. Udinese tried 23 dribbles in this game and successfully completed 12 of those attempts for a percentage of 52.2%. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 89.7% passes received rate by converting 261 out of their 291 targeted passes in their last outing.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Udinese ended this match at a 26.7% clip by hitting 4 shots on target of 15 total shots. Udinese is averaging 1.32 goals per 90 (41 total goals) and have tallied 25 assists in all competitions for the season.
Gerard Deulofeu is a guy who should impact this matchup for Udinese. Deulofeu has been a starter in 198 contests thus far in his career and tallies 0.34 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Spain has 64 goals in 17,136 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 46 assists while earning 26 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career.
One more player who should impact this match is Beto, the forward representing Guinea-Bissau. Beto has been on the field for 4,659 minutes in 49 starts and has been given a total of 8 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 2 times during his career while scoring 24 goals. He sports an average of 0.46 goals per 90 mins for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Udinese will be Marco Silvestri. Silvestri has seen the pitch for 22,376 minutes and has earned 618 saves in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.11 (277 total goals surrendered) and his save percentage is 70.5. The keeper hailing from Italy has had 882 shots sent his way in 248 career starts. Silvestri (76-85-87 record in his career) has earned 57 shutouts, which leaves him with a 23.0% clean sheet percentage.
The last time they took the pitch, Empoli went home with a draw by a final score of 0-0 against Spezia. Empoli finished the match with a 56.3% successful dribble rate by completing 9 of the 16 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by completing 364 out of their 424 pass attempts for a rate of 85.8%. Empoli converted 4 shots on target out of their 15 shots attempted which had them at a 26.7% rate in their last game. With a total of 38 goals and 17 assists in all their contests, Empoli averages 1.19 goals and 0.53 assists per 90 min.
Andrea Pinamonti will be counted on for Empoli. He is averaging 0.28 goals per 90 mins and has started 68 contests so far in his pro soccer career. The forward from Italy has played 6,484 professional minutes and he has scored 20 goals. He has accumulated 5 yellow cards in his career and has assisted on a goal 6 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Nedim Bajrami, the forward who represents Albania. He has accumulated 22 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 19 times. Bajrami has been given a total of 10 yellow cards in 10,913 professional minutes played (124 starting assignments). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.18.
Guglielmo Vicario is expected to look after the net for Empoli. Thus far in his career, Vicario has allowed 112 goals while totaling 269 stops in 109 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.03 goals per 90 while he holds a record of 33-33-43. He holds a save % of 72.4 and his shutout rate is 21.1%. Vicario has accumulated 23 shutouts while defending 369 shots against him in 9,827 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's Serie A game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Udinese (-111)
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