Both Empoli and Udinese have not performed very well in recent matches. In terms of the number of matches played, Empoli appears to have a slightly busier schedule, with matches played close together. This may mean that they are more exhausted, but at the same time more warmed up and on the move. Udinese, on the other hand, have to have a little more time between matches, which may give them more rest, but could also mean a lack of consistency.
Empoli's current form is not very good. They have only won once in their last seven matches, indicating low morale and possibly tactical miscalculations. In particular, the defensive line is not performing well, conceding 16 goals in 7 matches. Udinese, on the contrary, despite the lack of victories, managed to achieve a draw. Their defense is also not perfect, but the attack is showing more revival.
Now let's get down to specifics. In terms of possession and aiming, Empoli seem to lack consistency. There are games where they dominate possession but end up losing, which suggests they lack finishing skills or that final decisive pass. Udinese, on the other hand, are generally content with less possession but often create good chances, as evidenced by their expected goals (xG) statistics.
Corner stats show both teams are competitive on set pieces. Interestingly, the number of yellow cards indicates a physical style of play, which can escalate during the match.
Based on historical data, Udinese has the advantage due to more wins. Playing on Empoli's home ground may give Empoli a slight advantage, but Udinese's recent history with Empoli suggests they have been the more dominant side.
Both Empoli and Udinese are inconsistent in front of goal. Empoli, often in control of the ball, have failed to hit the target in the last few matches, suggesting a lack of finishing touch. Udinese, on the other hand, manage to maintain a decent defense despite having less ball control. Given the recent results and the teams' general tendency towards a physical style of play, it can be assumed that both teams will not score. This option represents a good balance between risk and reward, as the odds are slightly skewed in favor of at least one team failing to score.
A review of the latest matches involving Empoli and Udinese shows that they score little. The defensive lines of both teams, although not impregnable, demonstrate stability. Combined with their inconsistent attacking activity, this could be a low-scoring match. In addition, given the importance of this match for the standings, both teams can exercise caution, which will reduce the likelihood of a scoring extravaganza.
Although the Both Teams to Score - No bet offers slightly better odds and average risk, a safer and recommended option is the Total Goals Under 2.5 bet with an EF of 1.78. This bet offers a good combination of decent odds and low risk, making it the smartest choice for this match.