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Empoli – Venezia
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👉 Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
Empoli,11th position with 3 points and a negative goal difference of -1
Venezia, 20th position with 0 points and a negative goal difference of -5
✅ Here is the Preview Empoli vs Venezia for the Serie A Week 3 game on Saturday 11 September 2021 at the Carlo Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy at 15:00.
Empoli with a super motivation after defeating Juventus on Week 2 at the Allianz Stadium reaching 3 points while Juventus remained with just 1 point. Empoli kept a clean sheet at the Allianz (1-0) and have not collected two clean sheets in a row since January 2017 in Serie A (three in that case). Empoli scored their first away goal against Juventus in Serie A (SA) since 2006. Curiously, they also beat Juventyus on matchday two 1-0 in 1987, but still were relegated that season. Empoli return to the Castellani where they lost to Lazio in the season opener after an impressive run of 22 competitive outings without a single defeat (W14, D8).
Stats, Empoli and Venezia faced each other only in the 1998/99 season in Serie A: in that season Venezia winning with a 3-2 at Penzo and a draw 2-2 at the Castellani Stadium.
For Empoli, in case of a victory, would equal their best starts in a Serie A championship: the Tuscans achieved two victories in their first three games in 1986/87 and 2002/03, both seasons in which they achieved salvation. Empoli have lost their first home game this season against Lazio, and have never started a Serie A season with two defeats in their first two home games.
We might say, the real test is for Venezia to collect at least 1 point or they could remain without points in the first three games played in a Serie A season for the third time: in 1949/50 and in 2001/02 the first two – in both previous cases they scored a goal. Venezia have not scored a goal in their first two games of this league and may miss the appointment with the goal for three straight games in a single Serie A season for the first time since November 1999. Venezia’s last Serie A victory came against a Tuscan team: 2-0 against Fiorentina in 2002, with Giuseppe Iachini at the helm.
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✅ Here are Empoli vs Venezia match officials
Referee Antonio Rapuano from the section of Rimini will be assisted by Giacomo Paganessi from the section of Bergamo and Oreste Muto from the section of Torre Annunziata. The fourth official will be Matteo Marchetti from the section of Ostia Lido. The VAR will be Davide Ghersini from the section of Genova and the AVAR will be Marco Bresmes from the section of Bergamo.
✅ Here are Empoli vs Venezia probable lineups.
EMPOLI (4-3-1-2): Vicario; Stojanovic, Ismajli, Luperto, Marchizza; Haas, S. Ricci, Bandinelli; Bajrami; L. Mancuso, Cutrone.
Subs: Ujkani, Furlan, Viti, Fiamozzi, S. Romagnoli, Tonelli, Stulac, Henderson, Asllanj, Di Francesco, Zurkowski, La Mantia, Pinamonti.
VENEZIA (4-3-3): Lezzerini; Mazzocchi, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Haps; Cernigoi, Busio, Kiyine; Okereke, Henry, Johnsen.
Subs: Maenpaa, Molinaro, Modolo, Fiordilino, Ebuehi, Schnegg, Svoboda, Heymans, Tessmann, Aramu, Forte, Sigurdsson.
Unavailable: Ala-Myllymaki, Peretz.
🇮🇹 👉Serie A Week 3, Empoli vs Venezia, Match Officials
🗓️ Saturday 11 September 2021
🏟️Carlo Castellani Stadium
🚩Assistants: PAGANESSI – MUTO
4⃣ Fourth Official: MARCHETTI
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2021 – 2022 Italian Serie A Week 3
Empoli – Venezia
Saturday 11 September 2021
Carlo Castellani Stadium
Assistants: PAGANESSI – MUTO
Fourth Official: MARCHETTI