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AC Milan did a great job in their last match when they blasted Atalanta on the road. They have been in really good shape lately and have now won two in a row. They will look to make it three in succession when they will host Empoli on Friday. Empoli are coming off a win in their last match but have been struggling lately.
Date/Time: 2-22-2019, 14:30 EST
Spread: AC Milan -1.25
Total: 2.75 Goals
AC Milan (11-4-9) were not very good in their away match against Atalanta but still managed to win. Their opponents took the lead at the 33rd minute but Piatek pulled even at the end of the first half. AC Milan went on to score two more goals in the second half to eventually win by 3-1. That was their second consecutive win, as they are also undefeated in the last six (4-0-2). Moreover, they have kept four clean sheets in that span. AC Milan are now sitting at the 4th spot of the Serie A with 42 points, just one ahead of AS Roma. In addition, they are four points behind Inter Milan. When it comes to home matches, AC Milan have been quite strong in the league (7-2-3). They have been great there lately, losing just once in their last eight in all competitions (5-1-2).
On the other hand, Empoli (5-13-6) erupted in their last match and blasted Sassuolo by 0-3 at home. They took the lead at the 34th minute and doubled that just three minutes later. It was an easy match and they scored another goal in the second half to win by an easy 0-3. However, Empoli were in tragic form prior to that win, as they were win-less in eight (0-6-2). Empoli are now sitting at the 17th spot of the league table with 21 points, just three ahead of the relegation zone. They have one of the best offenses of the bottom half (30) but also feature the 3rd worst defense with 45 conceded. However, Empoli have the worst away record in the Serie A (0-7-4). They have only kept a single clean sheet on the road and have conceded multiple goals on eight occasions so far.
The two teams split the points in a 1-1 draw earlier in the season, and last season they exchanged away wins. AC Milan have been better in this match-up in the last decade, losing just once in eight matches (3-1-4). Moreover, all these matches featured goals from both sides.
AC Milan have a 5-3-1 record as hosts against Empoli in the past couple of decades but have won just once in the last four here (1-2-1). AC Milan have the first word regarding the win here. But I am not sure if they can cover the spread here. Empoli have scored consistently in this venue and could do so again.
Serie A AC Milan vs Empoli Prediction: Over 2.75 Goals (-108)
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