Serie A Preview | Verona vs. Empoli: Bentegodi battle

Igor Tudor is forced to reshuffle Hellas Verona amid bans and injuries against an Empoli side who travel well this season.

The Verona coach was self-isolating during the break for international duty after he tested positive for COVID-19, but is back and available on the Stadio Bentegodi bench. The same cannot be said of suspended Nikola Kalinic and Daniel Bessa, while Ivan Ilic, Darko Lazovic and Gianluca Frabotta are injured.

Empoli have a full squad to choose from and an impressive away record so far in Serie A this term, winning four out of five games outside the Stadio Castellani, compared to just one win on home turf.

Form Guide: Verona (D W D W L) Empoli (D W L W L)

Stat fact: A win would allow Empoli to equal their best ever start to a Serie A season, with 19 points in 13 rounds in 2006-07.

Probable line-ups

Verona (3-4-2-1): Montipò; Dawidowicz, Gunter, Ceccherini; Faraoni, Tameze, Veloso, Casale; Barak, Caprari; Simeone

Suspended: Bessa, Kalinic

Injured: Frabotta, Ilic, Lazovic

On a yellow card: None

Empoli (4-3-1-2): Vicario; Stojanovic, Tonelli, Viti, Parisi; Zurkowski, Ricci, Bandinelli; Henderson; Di Francesco, Pinamonti

Suspended: None

Injured: None

On a yellow card: None