Defending champions Juventus will look to bounce back from their disappointing draw against Genoa last weekend when they travel to the Stadio Carlo Castellani to face Empoli.
The visitors have a great record in this fixture and have already been tipped by many pundits as favorites to secure the maximum three points on Saturday. The Azzurri are coming off a thrilling 3-3 draw against fellow relegation contenders Frosinone in their last outing.
Aurelio Andreazzoli’s men have been one of the poorest teams in the Serie A this season having claimed just one win in nine matches. They have suffered five defeats in that run and are currently sitting 18th on the table with just six points.
Empoli have scored just eight goals this season. They have one of the worst attacks in the Serie A. Only four teams — 14th-placed Cagliari (7), 17th-placed Bologna (6), 19th-placed Frosinone (6), and rock-bottom side Chievo (7) — have netted fewer goals than Juve’s upcoming opponents.
Meanwhile, the Old Ladies of Turin finally lost their one hundred percent record in the Serie A last weekend following a 1-1 draw at home against Genoa. Massimiliano Allegri’s men have since returned to winning ways as Paulo Dybala gave them a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday. They are still top of the Serie A with 25 points, four clear of closest challengers Napoli.
At what time is Empoli vs Juventus?
Many people have already written Empoli off in this upcoming game as they see it as a mismatch. Either way, let’s see what will happen when Empoli welcomes Juventus at 12:00 PM ET/4:00 PM GMT on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
What is the head-to-head record of Juventus against Empoli?
Juventus have always been the dominant team in this fixture having claimed 15 wins and suffered just two defeats in 30 previous matches against Empoli. The Old Ladies have also been victorious in the last six matches and did the double over the Blues last season. Allegri’s team ran out 3-0 winners on their last visit to the Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Juve are formidable going forward with Dybala and Ronaldo combining for 10 goals in all competitions already. Both players should have too much for Matias Silvestre and Domenico Maietta to handle at the back for Empoli.
How is Cristiano Ronaldo preparing for Empoli vs Juventus?
The Portuguese skipper will be leading Juventus’ frontline alongside his Argentine colleague, Paulo Dybala, as he looks forward to increasing his goal tally in the Serie A this season. Ronaldo struck blank against De Gea in Tuesday’s Champions League encounter. Trust him to be as fierce as ever in front of goal against Empoli.
Empoli vs Juventus pre-match talk
After an enthralling European encounter at Old Trafford, it is now time for Juventus to shift focus to the league as they travel to Empoli on Saturday. The game might look quite easy on paper for Juventus as the hosts lie 18th on the league log but Ronaldo’s head coach is having none of that. Allegri noted:
“Empoli play good football.
“They have the fourth most possession in the opposition half and they haven’t lost any of their games badly. It could be a very tricky match unless we get our approach spot on.”
However, Empoli boss Aurelio Andreazzoli does not want to panic at all and will remain focused on their ideology and play their best. The 64-year-old was quoted by Calcio Mercato as saying:
“We have prepared the race like any other challenge. Although we are aware of who we are going to face and who we will be facing.”
“The match against Juventus, however, cannot be considered a match like the others.
“The stadium has been sold out for days, the interest is higher on all sides and personally I like matches like that. We are facing an opponent of an extraordinary level on which there is little to say.”
Empoli have conceded 13 goals thus far. So how will they confront the threat of CR7?
“Ronaldo? Only Allegri could limit him with a turnover,” Andreazzoli declared.
“It will be a show to see him and an extra difficulty for us, but he also has two legs and arms like all our players and we will try to stop him.”
Cristiano is among the Top 5 goalscorers in the 2018/19 Italian Serie A. He counts five goals like Sampdoria’s Defrel and seats behind Genoa’s Piatek (9), Lazio’s Immobile (6) and Napoli’s Insigne (6) in the chart.
~ By Team CRD
It’s a ninth victory out of 10 matches for the Old Lady in the Serie A! All thanks to CR7’s vital brace which denied the hosts from a crucial upset on Saturday.
At the break, Empoli were curiously in the lead through Caputo’s 28th minute goal. Cristiano Ronaldo then made it all square from the penalty spot inside the 54th minute to continue his goalscoring run in the process:
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 3 goals in his last 3 Serie A appearances.
⚽️ vs Udinese
⚽️ vs Genoa
⚽️ vs Empoli
“When he starts scoring, you’ll be begging him to stop.”
– Federico Bernardeschi pic.twitter.com/KnxXQEssnP
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) October 27, 2018
But both Juventus and the Portuguese forward are used to winning games. Stumbling to a 1-1 draw for the second consecutive week on the domestic front was not in their plans. Out of a purely ambitious strike, the 33-year-old launched a rocket. The visitors held on for 20 more minutes and left the Stadio Carlo Castellani with three points in the bag.
Watch the beauty here (geo-restrictions apply):
Cristiano Ronaldo wins it for Juventus with a rocket finish 🚀 pic.twitter.com/Z6W4nk5PA7
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 27, 2018
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