The final game of the playoffs takes place today with Livorno acting as guests after drawing the first leg 1-1 at Empoli. The visitors missed out on their opportunity to take the lead and now they will need to defeat Livorno for the first time ever, in a game played away from home.
Match: Livorno vs Empoli
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.10
The two teams had perfect records against each other with both Livorno and Empoli avoiding defeat in each of their home games. Livorno traveled to Empoli with the plan of scoring one goal and that was achieved in the 73rd minute when Duncan leveled the score. This means that they have now the luxury of defending a 0-0 draw and still promote to Serie A, but it is very unlikely for the hosts to pursue such a tactic. Coach Nicola will use Paulinho and Dionisis upfront and will try to secure all three points.
The visitors were brilliant in avoiding defeat throughout the final months of the regular season, and they’ve lost just one game in 11 rounds. Unfortunately for them, they can no longer settle for a draw, at least not a scoreless one which would force Empoli to shift into a more aggressive gear. Except for Tavano who is a Serie A class striker, the visitors have very few options upfront and will be counting mostly on their midfielders.
The odds for a home win are lower than they were earlier this week when Empoli had home pitch advantage, which comes as no surprise given Livorno’s home performance. 2.10 is sufficient value with Pinnacle Sports to back the hosts, but punters should act quickly as they are expected to drop as the kickoff draws near.