AC Milan leads the pack in the first position of the Italian division, but can the Rossoneri extend their lead over city rivals Inter Milan when a mere two points are separating the two?
Read on for our free Italian Serie A match preview, predictions, analysis, and soccer picks.
AC Milan vs. Empoli FC
Saturday, March 12, 2022 – 02:45 PM EST at San Siro
Looking to bridge a more comfortable gap at the top of Serie A, AC Milan host a visiting Empoli squad to the San Siro on Saturday afternoon.
The Rossoneri managed to reclaim the 1st placed position last weekend after successfully overcoming a dangerous Napoli squad. Confidence should be high for the home team, as Empoli is yet to find three points in 2022.
Form, Mentality, Premier League Statistics and Trends
⦁ – AC Milan is undefeated in 8 consecutive games throughout all competitions.
⦁ – Empoli has gone 12 straight games without a win.
⦁ – Empoli has the second-worst goals conceded record in the Serie A division (53).
⦁ – Milan won the reverse fixture earlier this term 4-2.
In-Form Milan Expected to Repeat Earlier Season Result
The battle for Serie A supremacy is heating up with AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli, and Juventus remaining relevant in the chase for this year’s Italian domestic title.
Milan tops the table but is just 7 points clear of 4th placed Juventus, whilst their city rivals Inter creep behind with a minuscule 2-point separation between 1st and 2nd place.
Last weekend, the Rossoneri broke a 3-game streak of draws when they toppled Napoli at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. This result meant that Stefano Pioli’s squad could reclaim their position on top of the league, but a game in hand could soon alter these standings.
While Pioli won’t be satisfied with his team’s recent results – drawing to bottom dwellers Salernitana and Udinese, he can find a sense of positivity in knowing Milan are unbeaten in 8 consecutive matches and has hammered home 54 goals this term.
On the other hand, Empoli has been without victory since December 2021, despite the entertaining meetings they’ve been involved in. Wins have evaded the Serie B champions of late, but they aren’t short of goals, with over 2.5 landing in 13 of their previous 20 matches.
High Scoring Déjà vu Moment
The previous meeting on Empoli’s turf earlier this season was an exhilarating 90 minutes of soccer, and it’s entirely possible we’ll witness a similar scoreline on Saturday.
Empoli might possess one of the worst defensive systems in Serie A. Still, you’ll only find 6 teams with a more excellent away record, pointing towards the potential of consecutive high-scoring affairs between the two sides.
Although I can’t envision 6 six goals as we witnessed in their first encounter, I expect both teams to snatch at least 1 goal. With that said, the need for points to snap a decade-long tenure without winning the Scudetto will linger on the minds of Milan as the home side will leave Saturday’s clash victorious.
Final Thoughts | Serie A Betting Picks and Odds
The Serie A betting odds are juiced towards the Rossoneri, but I can appreciate the value on both halftime/full-time, and Milan win with both teams to score markets.
Soccer Pick: AC Milan Halftime/Full-Time (+105) at Bet365
Soccer Pick: AC Milan Win and BTTS (+187) at Bet365
Correct Score Pick: 3-1 (+1000) at Bet365