Empoli vs AC Milan 09/23/2014 Free Serie A Pick and Preview
AC Milan vs Empoli
Tuesday 23rd September 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Empoli 10/3 Draw 5/2 AC Milan 5/6 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport; Bein Sport
A game that i was highly looking forward to last weekend was AC Milan and Juventus but it ended up being a massive let down. Juventus won a dull game 1-0 and AC Milan's illuminating start to the season was buried by defensive tactics. Pippo Inzaghi's side never really got going and they failed to create any meaningful chances against Juve. Fernando Torres made a late appearance but still doesnt look like the player that terrorised defences for Liverpool. El Sharawaay looks anything but dangerous in an attacking sense and the only ray of light would appear to be Jeremy Menez who has been excellent since arriving from PSG.
Empoli have started the season poorly with two losses and a draw but were unlucky not to take something from the game at home against Roma and I think the newly promoted side will cause teams problems at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. With a mix of home grown youth and south american youth its obvious that the emphasis is all on youth at the moment in Emploi. Francesco Tavano the journeyman pro is one of only four players in teh squad over the age of thirty and he netted the first goal of Empoli's Serie A season last weekend. He will be a threat up front and will rely on the midfield creativity of Verdi and Vecino to create chances.
I think this could be an interesting game. I was sold on Milan before their let down game against Juve but now I am not so sure. Defensively Milan were far better against Juve than the week before against Parma but it seems to be a bit of robbing the offence to solidify the defence and I think this game may just end up being a stalemate one in which Empoli will be happy to get something from and one that Milan will probably dominate possession but may just get it hard to break down the home side. I am taking Empoli +1 on the handicap at evens. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo