It hasn’t been the easiest of starts for either of these two teams, so most Empoli vs. Verona predictions could be cautious in going for one side over the other. Three points would be very useful for both clubs on Wednesday.
Empoli vs. Verona odds
1 – Over 2.5 total goals scored – 8/11
2 – Verona over 1.5 total goals – 11/10
3 – Verona to win – 8/5
4 – Both teams to score – 4/7
5 – Thomas Henry to score anytime – 6/4
Empoli have struggled to get going this season and now follow a long trip south to Lecce at the weekend with a home game at the Stadio Carlo Castellini against a Hellas Verona side that are still adjusting to departures in the summer.
The home side did well last season to escape a frantic relegation battle at the end of the campaign and will be keen to avert any drama this term as well. Paolo Zanetti does seem to have a well-drilled squad though – and should be confident of another positive season.
Three points from their home games will surely be crucial though. There were far too many defeats in front of their own fans last year and that is something that Zanetti will definitely be keen on changing for the 2022-23 season.
Gabriele Cioffi will want to stamp his own authority on the Hellas Verona side after taking over from Igor Tudor in the offseason. The opening games of this season have shown glimpses of hope but there is still a lot to do before the Gialloblu can start to think about climbing the table.
Napoli looked a level above in the opening game and might have even scored more than the five they managed at the Bentegodi. Cioffi has to address the defensive deficiencies, while hoping that Thomas Henry continues to score goals up the other end.
Replacing Giovanni Simeone will prove a tough task after his season-long loan move to Napoli finally went through. Kevin Lasagna is one striker that will now need to up his goal rate to keep Verona in the top half of the table.
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Empoli vs. Verona last five matches
Empoli last five matches
Verona last five matches
Empoli top goalscorers
Hellas Verona top goalscorers
Empoli vs. Hellas Verona line-ups
Empoli (4-3-1-2): Vicario; Parisi, Luperto, Ismajli, Stojanović; Henderson, Marin, Bandinelli; Bajrami; Destro, Lammers
Hellas Verona (3-5-2): Montipò; Günter, Retsos, Coppoloa; Lazović, Hongla, Ilić, Tameze, Faraoni; Lasagna, Henry
Empoli team news
Paolo Zanetti should be able to welcome back defender Sebastiano Luperto after he missed the game against Lecce because of the red card incurred against Fiorentina. He will also hope to be able to get a goalscoring performance from striker Mattia Destro.
Hellas Verona team news
Gabriele Cioffi might stick with Kevin Lasgana once again but will want some return from the striker soon. Thomas Henry is picking up the goals in the absence of Simeone but there is also a now injury-free Milan Djurić looking for a chance to impress.