Serie A | Empoli vs Juventus: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Danilo’s late goal secure draw for Juventus

Check out the highlights of the match between Atalanta and Juventus in February 2022. Danilo scored a late goal to earn Juventus a 1-1 away draw.

Empoli vs Juventus: Line-ups



Empoli to Struggle Against Juve


Allegri’s men were made to pay for their negativity at Estadio de la Ceramica, as they dropped deeper after seizing such an early lead, and then allowed Dani Parejo to drift past a number of defenders to fire home a crucial goal for the Yellow Submarine.


Nevertheless, Juve remain unbeaten in 90 minutes since November – only losing to Inter in the Supercoppa with virtually the last kick of extra time – and have not been beaten in Serie A for 12 matches. Currently fourth in the standings, nine points behind leaders Milan and just three above Atalanta – who have a game in hand – they visit Fiorentina for the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final next week.


Having now conceded 50 goals in Serie A – only rock-bottom Salernitana have fared worse in that regard – the Azzurri have not tasted victory since mid-December and are now mired in lower mid-table.


Sitting 13th heading into this weekend’s action, Empoli’s winless streak encompasses 10 league and cup games following a 2-0 defeat at struggling Sampdoria last Saturday, in which veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella put the hosts two up before half an hour had been played, and the visitors were unable to recover.


As Aurelio Andreazzoli’s side have shipped goals at a rate of 2.3 per game during their barren run, the visit of Juve’s expensively assembled attack will hardly be welcome this week – particularly as they have lost each of their last four encounters with the Bianconeri at Stadio Carlo Castellani. With just three wins from 13 attempts at their Tuscan headquarters so far this term – conceding 34 times in the process – Empoli will certainly be up against the odds when they kick off on Sunday evening.

DPP Verdict

Juventus will not make the same mistake twice against an ailing Empoli side, and with renewed coherence since the sides last met, should be able to breach their hosts’ flimsy rearguard on more than one occasion. With the Azzurri in a downward spiral, they may have to change approach in order to arrest their decline, but even shuffling the pack would not stop Juve from claiming maximum points this weekend.