Serie A Betting 21/22: Juventus vs Empoli Match Preview

Written By Alex Blowers on August 28, 2021

This Saturday, Empoli travels to Allianz Arena to face Juventus for one of their toughest away fixtures of the season. The game will be shown live on Paramount+, with kick-off scheduled for 2:45PM EST. Read on for my match preview, bringing you all the latest team news, recent form, and stats to hopefully help you make better Serie A betting choices.

The focus of this game will be about who’s not playing after Cristiano Ronaldo completed his return to Manchester United in a whirlwind five hours. For a full breakdown of the move, check out Uttiyo Sarkar‘s article for High Press Soccer:

Transfer Grade: Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United

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Serie A Betting Juventus vs Empoli Match Preview

JUVENTUS

CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayShots ForShots AgainstGoals ForGoals AgainstPossessionxG ForxG AgainstxG Difference
Serie A UdineseAway10122256%1.492.09-0.6

Stats taken from UnderStat

Serie A Betting Juventus vs Empoli Match Preview

Out: Aaron Ramsey (Thigh), Arthur (Knee), Kaio Jorge (Muscle Injury)
Doubtful: None
Suspended: None
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri

With Ronaldo gone, Massimiliano Allegri can reshape this Juventus side and go with a completely new game plan. Looking at the players he has available, I think a 4-2-3-1 formation suits them, but he could very well go with a 3-5-2, 3-4-3, 4-3-3, or 4-4-2. The possibilities are endless now they are free of CR7.

Manual Locatelli will come in for the injured Aaron Ramsey and make his first start for Juventus. The Euro 2020 winner will partner Rodrigo Bentancur in central midfield and be the team’s main playmaker.

Federico Chiesa is back to full fitness and will make his first start of the season. He came off the bench against Udinese last week in the 74th minute and almost got all 3 points for the Old Lady. Deep into stoppage time, he delivered a delicious ball Ronaldo powered home, but VAR ruled the goal out for offside.

Weston McKennie is available after completing his suspension and will be hoping to get some minutes in preparation for USMNT‘s three World Cup qualifiers next week. Adrien Rabiot has recovered from the muscle injury he picked up earlier this month and should be fit enough for the bench.

EMPOLI

CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayShots ForShots AgainstGoals ForGoals AgainstPossessionxG ForxG AgainstxG Difference
Serie A LazioHome1681345%1.131.78-0.65

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Serie A Betting Juventus vs Empoli Match Preview

Out: Fabiano Parisi (Broken Leg)
Doubtful: None
Suspended: None
Coach: Aurelio Andreazzoli

Poor finishing and bad luck cost Empoli in their 3-1 loss to Lazio in their season’s opening game. They hit the woodwork twice, had one of their efforts cleared off the line, and registered 16 attempts on goal double what Maurizio Sarri‘s side managed.

Despite the disappointment, I think Aurelio Andreazzoli will stick with the same starting eleven. New loan signing Andrea Pinamonti could take Patrick Cutrone‘s or Leonardo Manusco‘s place. It’s more likely the Inter Milan striker will feature from the bench until he settles at the club.

20-year-old full-back Fabiano Parisi has returned to training in recent weeks after breaking his leg. Empoli are taking a cautious approach with his return, and he is expected to be left out of the matchday squad.

JUVENTUS VS EMPOLI SERIE A BETTING TIPS

My first instinct for this game on Monday’s High Press Podcast was to back Juventus to win in Shutout, and I still feel that’s the best option.

Ronaldo’s exit is the best thing that could have happened to this squad, and we will see the players step out of his shadow and take responsibility. Especially the forwards Paulo Dybala, Álvaro Morata, Chiesa, and Federico Bernardeschi, who are competing to take over penalty and freekick duties.

SERIE A BETTING TIP: Juventus To Win In Shutout +115 | Juventus To Score In Both Halves YES -115

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