After suffering a narrow defeat against La Cremo last time out, Empoli are back against Inter Milan hoping for an unlikely win at Stadio Carlo Castellani on Sunday, April 23 at 11:30 (GMT+1).
Empoli Hoping for Historic Win Against Inter Milan Despite Recent Struggles
Empoli [LLWDL] were left winless in two matches following a narrow 1-0 loss against Cremonese [4′]. Cyriel Dessers scored the deciding goal at full-time to send both sides away empty handed. Empoli currently sit in 14th position with 32 points after 7 wins, 11 draws, and 12 losses; they have won just four out of their 29 Serie A matches against Inter [4 Won, 3 Drawn, 22 Lost]. Empoli are hoping to achieve back-to-back victories over Inter Milan for the very first time in club history after they secured victory in the first fixture, winning by 1-0. Empoli have only managed one win out of 11 matches (1W, 4D, 6L), so victory would see them remain at least two points ahead of Salernitana [30 points]. Paolo Zanetti holds a 23 percent win rate with the club and hopes to increase this figure when he appears with his 4–3–1–2 formation, featuring Francesco Caputo and Roberto Piccoli up front. Daniel Akpa and Guglielmo Vicario remain uncertain for this weekend’s game.
Inter Milan Advance to Champions League Semifinals Despite Draw Against Benfica, Look to End Winless Run in Serie A
Inter Milan were held to a 3-3 draw against Benfica on Wednesday evening but advanced into the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League after taking a commanding 2-0 first-leg quarterfinal win. Inter will face off against their Serie A rivals and neighbors AC Milan in the first leg of UEFA Champions League semifinals on May 10. “I’m extremely delighted; this is an enormously significant evening for everyone at Inter,” Inzaghi exclaimed after winning on Wednesday night. “Our players did exceptionally well against an opponent with plenty of quality. This win just proves our great strength as a club.” Inter have not won in five Serie A matches [LLLDL], following their shock 1-0 loss against AC Monza last weekend. As Juventus reversed its 15-point deduction of Inter, further downward movement occurred; Inter were now down into sixth position with 51 points earned across 16 wins, 3 draws, and 11 defeats compared with Juve who now hold onto their 15 point deficit with just 51. Inter are looking to end their five-game winless run when they take on Empoli on Wednesday in Serie A away. Simone Inzaghi will likely employ a 3-5-2 formation with Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez leading their attack as Lukaku is expected to start. Inter was unsuccessful in appealing Romelu Lukaku’s red card suspension ahead of Wednesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final clash, according to their club statement. Romelu Lukaku will miss Wednesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final due to being suspended by FIGC’s National Court of Appeal; Milan Skriniar of Inter will also not take part.