Lecce - Salernitana forecast and analysis
Lecce hosts Salernitana in a match of the 20th round of Serie A.
For a rookie like Lecce, the first goal in the first season after his promotion is to keep his place in the elite.
And from that point of view, I'd say they're up to the task admirably.
Because right in the middle of the season they have a solid 8 point lead over the relegated teams.
In fact, that's the difference between them and the Europe zone.
And that means only one thing.
If the Yellow-Reds improve their performance, they may even dream of qualifying for the Euro-tournaments.
Today Marco Baroni's players have an excellent opportunity to add 3 new points to their asset.
As they will be playing against a team that has been in very poor form in recent weeks - Salernitana.
The visitors conceded 5 losses in the previous 6 rounds in Calcio.
They conceded 2+ goals in each of those losses.
On the other hand, Lecce scored 2 goals in their previous 3 home games, in which they won a total of 7 points.
Although he played against class rivals in them in the form of Atalanta, Lazio and Milan.
My prediction is in favor of the hosts.
Lecce - statistics and info
Until the previous round, Lecce showed their best results since they were promoted to the elite of Italian football.
The team was unbeaten in their previous 6 league matches. While winning three times in the process.
Lecce last went longer without a loss in Serie A at the start of 2004.
In these last 6 rounds - either side of the World Cup break - only 3 teams had collected more points.
Indeed, the overall result of the Giallorossi for this period is equal to that of the winner of the Scudetto - Milan.
Against whom they came so close to victory at the Stadio Via del Mare in the previous round.
They previously beat Lazio and drew with Lazio since returning to competitive mode earlier this month.
Marco Baroni's men then raced into a 2-goal lead against reigning Italian champions.
This happened through an own goal by Theo Hernandez and an incredible shot by the defender Federico Bashiroto.
But the Rossoneri's second-half response eventually led to a 2-2 draw.
After that, however, the southerners put in an impersonal performance and were beaten 2-0 in their visit to survival-fighting Verona.
Salernitana - statistics and info
Following the 8-2 humiliation inflicted by Atalanta 2 weeks ago, Davide Nicola was relieved of his duties.
Two days later, however, he was reassigned.
This is the place to recall that it was thanks to his efforts that the Grenadas saved themselves from relegation last season.
Although they were seriously threatened back then.
But despite everything, the team from Salerno also lost against Napoli in the last round.
Since November, only Sassuolo has fewer points than Salernitana. And they have conceded the most goals during that time (20).
In three league games this year, they have had the most shots on goal of any team in Serie A.
In fact, 14 more than any other team.
Only the form of recently arrived goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa prevented them from scoring even more goals.
All is not lost, however.
As the Grenadines sit 16th in the table after 19 rounds and are still 6 points clear of the relegation zone.
A long way from their lowest position of 12 months ago.
When survival specialist Davide Nicola first arrived at the club from Salerno.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Falcone; Gendrei, Bashiroto, Touya, Galo; Blinn, Hülmand, Gonzalez; Strefezza, Colombo, Di Francesco
Injured: Pongracic, Dermaku, Umtiti (questionable)
Lineup: Ochoa; Danilyuk, Lovato, Gomber, Bradaric; Nicolousi, Coulibaly, Villena; Candreva, Bonazzoli, Dia
Injured: Mazzocchi, Maggiore, Seppe, Fazio