Juventus - Empoli Preview: Old Lady set for routine home win

The clash between the first and the eleventh position of the Serie A, a big shot  for both teams.

Juventus - Empoli Preview: Old Lady set for routine home win
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Juventus and Empoli will meet each other in Turin, in the 31st week of the Serie A season.

The Oldy Lady are the favourites to take the three points so they can remain on the top of the league, whilst Empoli will try to get into the top 10.

Juventus are the stronger team and the numbers speak for themselves, The Bianconeri have won 14 games out of 19 against their opponents, while the Empoli have only won two games, drawing three. Between them, Juventus have scored more goals than Empoli, 41 goals against 10, and the last time Empoli beat Juventus was in 2007 in the Coppa Italia, 2-1. When they played the second leg, Juventus won 5-3.

In the last five games Empoli have drawn two games and lost three, whilst Juventus have won four and lost one, against Bayern Munich. The odds are for the Turinese team but problems are ahead.

Team news

Juventus are facing several injuries from importants players but Empoli doesn't stay behind, Juventus have seven players that can't play; Alex Sandro and Sami Khedira serve bans, whilst Leonardo BonucciPaulo DybalaClaudio MarchisioAndre Barzagli and Martín Cáceres are injured. 

Empoli have five out, Marko Livaja is sick, whilst Uros Cosic, Mario Rui and Laurini all have muscular issues. Georgia international Levan Mchedlidze is also out. 

Predicted XI

Juventus (4-4-2)

Buffon, Rugani Chiellini, Evra, Lichsteiner, Pogba, Hernanes, Asamoah, Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Morata.

Empoli (4-4-2)

Skorupski, Ariaudo, Costa, Zambelli, Brittante, Paredes, Uchel, Zielinski, Saponara, Pucciareli, Macarrone.