Lecce host Napoli on Serie A
Watch Lecce vs Napoli Preview as Lecce hosts them at the serie A meeting as they Napoli made a setback from international meetings last week, now will be entertaining at Satdio Comunale.
As Naapoli was topping the points table while Lecce been placed as 16th in the serie A points table.
Lecce vs Napoli Preview
By the victory with 4-0 by defending champions milan on Sunday, Serie A favourites lost a third league game of the campaign. Lecce were beaten for 13th time and fifth in a row when they left Empoli empty handed.
Before the international break, Napoli’s superb form continued as they defeated Torino 4-0, having previously bounced back from losing to Lazio by beating Atalanta 2-0 and Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.
However, without star striker Victor Osimhen due to an injury sustained on Nigeria duty, they stumbled badly after a two-week hiatus, and an unusually slipshod display saw them picked off by future Champions League opponents Milan at Stadio Maradona.
In a game billed as the passing of the baton from one Italian champion to another, the Rossoneri clearly had other ideas and tore into Luciano Spalletti‘s side, leading 3-0 by the hour mark and routinely troubling the home defence.
Still 16 points clear of second place with 10 games left to play, Napoli will surely not start panicking now, but having previously conceded just 16 goals all season, such a setback may sharpen the focus of a squad desperate to finally end the club’s Scudetto drought.
Less than a week later, the Partenopei will have a chance to set the record straight by beating Lecce – one of just three teams to deny them a home victory in Serie A this season – and setting themselves up for a trip to Milan in the quarter-finals of Europe’s top club competition.
They visit San Siro next Wednesday, with the path to continental glory wide open for either side, but first they seek to restore order domestically by seeing off their southern rivals in Puglia
Team news and Injury
Still missing them man leading Serie A’s Capocannoniere contest, Victor Osimhen, Napoli will again turn to his deputy Giovanni Simeone to lead the line up front.
While reserve right-back Bartosz Bereszynski is back from injury and could make the bench, the visitors may make few changes from the team which was heavily beaten by Milan, though Hirving Lozano and Giacomo Raspadori have hopes of being promoted to the starting XI.
Tanguy Ndombele and Eljif Elmas are also on standby should Luciano Spalletti decide to freshen up his midfield, with next week’s Champions League quarter-final in mind.
Meanwhile, Lecce remain without defensive duo Marin Pongracic and Kastriot Dermaku, who are their only men absent due to injury.
Samuel Umtiti and Youssef Maleh are back from bans, but French midfielder Alexis Blin must now serve a suspension due to accumulated bookings – Maleh may take the latter’s place.
Alessandro Tuia should make way for Umtiti in the hosts’ back four, while it remains to be seen if Lorenzo Colombo can keep the centre-forward role, so Assan Ceesay could come into Marco Baroni’s thinking.
Lecce vs Napoli Head-to-Head stats
In eight head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Napoli have won four games, lost two and drawn two. Brazilian winger Gabriel Strefezza has eight goal contributions in 23 league starts for Lecce this season. Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has 25 goal contributions in 22 league starts for Napoli this season.
Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has 22 goal contributions in 23 league starts for Napoli so far. Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski has 10 goal contributions in 22 league starts for Napoli so far.
Lecce vs Napoli Prediction
As of the team stats and recent outings Napoli will pound Lecce in the meeting and will have a win over Lecce with 2-0 in the serie A meetings