Only a catastrophe could prevent Napoli from winning the Italian Serie A title. Nevertheless, there are only three points between second and sixth place, meaning that the battle to qualify for the UEFA Champions League will be a good one.
If the season ended today, AS Roma wouldn’t make it, but that could change with a victory over Empoli. However, the visitors haven’t lost in their last six games, making them a good online gambling option, especially at +600.
Let’s check the latest Serie A news, stats, injury reports, and Serie A lines for AS Roma vs Empoli. We’ve got plenty of Serie A picks for you to consider.
AS Roma: Back to Reality
Last Sunday, AS Roma lost 2-1 against Napoli, exactly like we predicted (Napoli by 1). The Giallorossi put up a really good fight; Giovanni Simeone scored the winning goal in the 86th minute. Stephan El Shaarawy scored for Roma, making it the second consecutive Serie A game in which he scored.
That result sent the Giallorossi to sixth place, but there’s nothing to worry about since they’re only one point behind Lazio, the team sitting in third. Plus, before losing to Napoli, they went seven straight games without losing, including the Coppa Italia Round of 16 match against Genoa.
Speaking of the Coppa Italia, midweek, the Giallorossi lost 2-1 to Cremonese in the Quarterfinals. Yes, that wasn’t part of the plan, but now they can fully focus on finishing in the Serie A top four and finally make a comeback to the UCL.
Besides El Shaarawy, you should keep an eye on the team’s top scorer. We’re talking about Paulo Dybala, who has scored seven goals. There’s also Tammy Abraham, who has scored five. AS Roma and its Big Three dominate the soccer odds thanks to a -210 price. Considering the team is 5-1-3 when playing at home, that’s very good.
Empoli: Not Afraid
During its six-game non-losing streak, Empoli defeated and drew against two other title contenders. Three weeks ago, it visited Lazio and drew 2-2. One week ago, it pulled off the betting online stunner at San Siro by defeating Inter Milan 1-0.
Most recently, Empoli drew 2-2 to Torino, the team sitting in eighth place, with Sebastian Luperto and Razvan Marin as the scorers. The Azzurri had the three points in the pocket, but Antonio Sanabria scored the equalizer five minutes before the end.
Individually, Tommaso Baldanzi is having a great season, especially considering he’s only 19. The young striker is the team’s top scorer with four goals. Before you laugh, that’s more than superstars like Angel Di Maria (Juventus) and Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan) have scored.
Finally, the Azzurri are 2-5-3 when playing on the road. That’s why they come in as the betting online underdogs at +600. Keep in mind that they were offering a +900 price against Inter Milan, meaning whoever wagered $100 on them cashed out $1000.
AS Roma vs Empoli Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 33
- AS Roma Victories: 23 (60 goals)
- Empoli Victories: 4 (28 goals)
- Draws: 6
These already met in a very close contest in September. AS Roma won 2-1 with Paulo Dybala and Tammy Abraham as the scorers, while Filippo Bandinelli scored for Empoli. The Azzurri finished the game with 10 players after Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro was sent off in the 87th minute. The Giallorossi could have increased the advantage from the penalty spot 10 minutes before the end, but Lorenzo Pellegrini missed.
The Giallorossi own a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 meetings with the Azzurri, but that doesn’t mean it’s been a walk in the park every time they faced each other, with both scoring in three of their last four encounters.
AS Roma vs Empoli Match Information
- Match: AS Roma vs Empoli
- Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 4th, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
- AS Roma vs Empoli Live Stream: fuboTV
AS Roma vs Empoli Betting Lines
AS Roma vs Empoli Picks and Prediction
AS Roma scored two or more goals in four of the last five times it played host to Empoli. On the other hand, Empoli has scored in seven of its previous 10 Serie A games on the road. That’s why my recommendation is to include the over in your soccer picks. It may not seem like it, but this could end up being the Game of the Week.
The Roma are listed at -210 in our Vegas Serie A lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Roma, you have a chance to win $48. The Empoli are +600, offering a chance to win $600 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Roma a 67.74% chance to win, with Empoli at 14.29%.