Empoli and Cremonese will meet in their last game before the break for the World Cup this week as 14th meets with 18th in Serie A as the home side look to move into the top 10 this weekend.
A top half finish before the pause for the World Cup is quite unlikely for Empoli, as they will need to win here and hope Sassuolo, Bologna, Fiorentina and Torino to lose and hope that a goals difference inferiority is overturned too. Things were made trickier for Empoli when they lost 2-0 to Napoli in midweek, which now keeps them in 14th ahead of this one.
In fact, the recent loss keeps the club with only three wins on the board and six losses, and by scoring just 10 goals from 14 games, the club are the lowest-scoring side for those sitting outside of the bottom three, with only Sampdoria scoring less.
At the same time, this goalscoring form for Empoli is that poor that even Cremonese have managed to score one more goal than them, despite not even winning a game so far this season in Serie A. The relegation-fighting side are still coming into this one off the back of registering a commendable draw against the champions AC Milan. They did almost lose to a Divock Origi goal, but the goal was ruled out by VAR as it was offside.
Cremonese have now drawn 50% of its games (7) and lost the other 50% from 14 outings. Their defensive record is still the second-worst in the league, having let in 24 goals so far.