Forget about the defeat in the UEFA Europa League semifinals, it’s time for Juventus to focus on winning in the Italian Serie A. First, they’re only eight points ahead of AC Milan, the team sitting in fifth place. Second, they could lose between seven and 10 points due to a potential sanction for falsifying accounts in several player sales. Finally, they’re heavily favored in the Serie A lines to defeat Empoli.
Speaking of Empoli, the Azzurri will be playing for absolutely nothing, which makes them a more dangerous underdog. That’s right, never underestimate a team playing without any pressure.
Empoli: Not Afraid
Prior to the start of the season, Empoli’s top priority was to avoid relegation. Well, they already did it. Now, they literally have nothing to lose. On the other hand, defeating a powerhouse like Juventus would increase the value of certain players who are looking for a transfer.
Most recently, the Azzurri drew 1-1 to Sampdoria on the road thanks to Roberto Piccoli, who scored in stoppage time. That was the third match in a row in which they didn’t lose. Prior to that, they defeated Bologna 3-1 and Salernitana 2-1.
Keep in mind that those last two victories were at home, where the Azzurri have been considerably better thanks to a 7-4-6 record. Regardless of the result, they scored in seven of their last 10 home games and finished with a clean sheet three times.
There’s one more thing that makes them a tempting Serie A betting underdog. We’re talking about the +425 price they’re offering to win straight up. That gives you the chance of winning $425 per every $100 wagered on them.
Juventus: Determined to Bounce Back
Midweek, Juventus suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Sevilla. The Bianconeri scored the opener in the second leg of the UEL semifinals, but the Spanish side ended up turning things around in overtime. Now, finishing in the Serie A top four is all Juventus have left.
The Bianconeri only lost one of their last five domestic matches. Most recently, they had no trouble fulfilling their role as online gambling favorites against Cremonese. They ended up winning 2-0 with Nicolo Fagioli and Gleison Bremer as the scorers.
They finished with a clean sheet in their last two Serie A matches, which is perfect to remind you that we’re talking about the second-best defensive unit in the league. They’ve conceded 28 goals while Napoli have allowed 25.
Regarding the attacking unit, make sure to keep an eye on Dusan Vlahovic and Filip Kostic. Vlahovic, who scored the goal against Sevilla, is the team’s top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions. Kostic leads the team in assists in Serie A with eight.
The Bianconeri are offering a -150 price to win straight up in the sportsbook. Their road record isn’t the best, 8-3-6, but they recently defeated Inter Milan at San Siro. The talent is there, they just need to focus.
Empoli vs Juventus Head-to-Head
Juventus had no trouble fulfilling their role as betting online favorites in the first meeting between the two. The Bianconeri won 4-0 with Adrien Rabiot as Man of the Match after scoring a brace. Moise Kean and Weston McKennie also scored. Believe it or not, Empoli won possession with 58 percent but finished with nine fewer shots and lost the three points.
The Bianconeri won nine of their last 10 encounters but if there’s something you can expect from these two, it’s goals. The total has gone over 2½ goals in three of their last five meetings. Precisely, the total for Monday’s match is set at 2½ goals with the over offering a -110 price, which could further improve via Serie A live betting.
Empoli vs Juventus Match Information
- Match: Empoli vs Juventus
- Date/ Time: Monday, May 22, 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Stadio Carlo Castellani, Empoli
- Empoli vs Juventus Live Stream: fuboTV
Empoli vs Juventus Betting Lines
Empoli vs Juventus Picks and Prediction
Forget about an upset, Juventus are thirsty for revenge and Empoli will pay the price. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy contest, but I do believe the Bianconeri can win by at least two goals. After all, Vlahovic, Kostic, Arkadiusz Milik, Leandro Paredes and Federico Chiesa came off the bench against Sevilla, which means they won’t be as tired as others. And, as mentioned before, they’re la crème de la crème.
The Juventus is listed at -150 in our Vegas Serie A lines. This means that if you wager $67 on Juventus, you can win $180. Empoli is +425, offering a chance to win $425 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Juventus a 60.00% chance to win, with Empoli at 19.05%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.