CAGLIARI V EMPOLI
Cagliari will play in this match following on from a 2-2 Serie A stalemate against Lazio.
In that match, Cagliari had 27% possession and 10 shots at goal with 3 on target. For Cagliari, the goals were scored by João Pedro (46') and Keita Baldé (62'). Lazio got 28 shots at goal with 10 on target. Ciro Immobile (45') and Danilo Cataldi (83') scored for Lazio.
Cagliari have been conceding pretty frequently lately, although they have also found ways to score goals themselves. Analysis of their previous 6 games shows that Cagliari have conceded in 6 of them in addition to getting on the scoresheet in 5 of those games.
After a losing effort in their last game against Sampdoria in Serie A action, Empoli and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Empoli had 54% possession and 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. For their opponents, Sampdoria got 14 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. Francesco Caputo (31', 52') and Antonio Candreva (70') scored for Sampdoria.
In a total of 5 of the previous 6 clashes involving Empoli, a minimum of three goals have gone in. The average goals scored per match in that spell is 3.33, with the average number of goals for Empoli being 1.5. That pattern might not be carried forward into this next game, however.
Heading into this contest, Empoli haven't won against Cagliari when they have played them away from home in the previous 6 league matches. They really have not been travelling well at all.
Prediction: Both teams to score
AC MILAN V VENEZIA
AC Milan go into this game coming off the back of a 1-1 Serie A drawn result vs Juventus.
In that game, AC Milan had 36% possession and 2 shots at goal with 0 on target. The scorer for AC Milan was Ante Rebić (76'). On the other side, Juventus had 3 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Álvaro Morata (4') scored for Juventus.
AC Milan have been on a persistent run of goalscoring form, netting every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 games.
They’ve hit an aggregate of 12 during that period and have conceded a total of 5.
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Spezia in Serie A action, Venezia and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Venezia had 44% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for Venezia was Pietro Ceccaroni (59'). At the other end, Spezia got 12 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Simone Bastoni (13') and Mehdi Bourabia (94') scored for Spezia.
The stats don’t lie, and Venezia have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, conceding 10 goals in total. At the back, Venezia have some weaknesses to address. Such a pattern might not be sustained into this match, of course.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
LILLE V REIMS
Lille will be hoping to return to winning ways here following a 1-0 Ligue 1 losing effort in their last game against RC Lens.
In that game, Lille had 53% possession and 7 shots at goal with 2 on target. RC Lens had 13 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Przemysław Frankowski (74') was the scorer for RC Lens.
It has been a rare occasion in recent times that Lille have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Lille have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 9 goals along the way.
Heading into this fixture, Lille are unbeaten in the league by Reims in their previous 2 games.
In their last fixture, Reims drew 0-0 in the Ligue 1 tie with FC Lorient.
In that game, Reims managed 43% possession and 10 shots on goal with 2 on target. FC Lorient got 6 attempts at goal with 3 on target.
In 5 of the previous 6 games featuring Reims, a notably low volume of goals have gone in between them and opposing sides. The overall average number of goals per game within that spell is a mere 2, with the average goals for Les rouges et blancs equalling 1. That kind of trend might not be continued into this next game, of course.
Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals
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