AC Milan picked up a massive three points last weekend when they saw off title rival Napoli 1-0 and moved top of the table. Going into this round of fixtures they are two points above Inter (one game in hand) and three ahead of Napoli (played the same amount). They are unbeaten in their last six league games although three have finished all-square. Olivier Giroud has three in his last five while Rafael Leao has two in four.
At home, the Rossoneri are stuttering a little with just one victory, two draws and a defeat to Spezia in the last four. Goals are scarce with the last three games here producing a combined three goals. Rafael Leao excels in front of his own fans with four in his last five matches. Only one of the five remaining ties Milan have at home this season is against a team in the top seven.
Empoli are struggling at the moment with no victory in their last 11 although six of these have finished in a draw. Four of the last five matches they have been involved in have gone under 2.5 goals. Despite their poor form they still have ten points between themselves and the bottom three and should be safe. Their leading marksman this campaign is Andrea Pinamonti with nine goals although he has just one in his last five.
On the road, the Azzuri have lost just one of their last eight and won just one of their last eight. That means a remarkable six of their last eight on their travels have finished all-square. It is three without an away goal for Empoli but they have also kept clean sheets in two of their last on their travels. Syzmon Zurkowski has netted in two of his last five away matches.
AC Milan vs Empoli: Match Stats
Skybet have a number of grouped correct scoreline options and this looks the way into this fixture. Empoli keep things tight on the road while Milan are not blowing teams away at the moment. Back the hosts to come out on top but either 1-0,2-0 or 2-1.
Filippo Bandinelli is a competitive player to say the least and has four bookings from his last eight. He will be under pressure here against a Milan side who sit top of the table and will control the game. Backing Bandinelli at better than evens to be carded looks a solid bet.
AC Milan vs Empoli: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: AC Milan 2-0 Empoli
AC Milan vs Empoli: Odds
AC Milan vs Empoli: Head to Head
22 December 2021- Empoli 2-4 AC Milan- Serie A
22 February 2019- AC Milan 3-0 Empoli- Serie A
27 September 2018- Empoli 1-1 AC Milan- Serie A
23 April 2017- AC Milan 1-2 Empoli- Serie A
26 November 2016- Empoli 1-4 AC Milan- Serie A
The reverse fixture just before Christmas was an entertaining affair with Milan running out 4-2 victors Franck Kessie grabbing a brace on that occasion. It stretched the winless run to ten for Empoli in their head-to-head meetings with AC. Franck Kessie enjoys these head-to-heads with three in his last two.