Lazio fell to a stunning home defeat to AC Milan last time to leave their slim title hopes hanging by a thread. Will doomed Lecce who can’t buy a win themselves throw another spanner in the works here?
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Tuesday July 7th
Venue: Stadio Comunale Via del Mare
Lazio were surprisingly walloped at their own background when they faced AC Milan on Saturday, the Biancocelesti succumbing to a damaging 3-0 loss.
Shorn of the suspended attacking duo of Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo, Lazio failed to step up at the Studio Olimpico and were deservedly beaten for the second time in their last four league games.
It was just the second loss Simone Inzaghi’s side had recorded in their last 25 league matches since September but it came just when they can ill-afford to, as it more or less left them with a huge mountain to climb in usurping log leaders, Juventus who are now on the brink of a ninth-straight triumph.
Relegation-threatened Lecce on the other hand, continue to go from bad to worse. Last weekend’s 4-2 defeat to Sassuolo marked their 17th league loss while they have now conceded 70 goals (the worst in the division) for the season.
Though they remain just two points shy of safety, the loss in Sassuolo was the fourth successive defeat Fabio Liverani’s side have suffered since resuming their Serie A campaign, while going further back it is six defeats on the spin.
Lazio have won three of their last four competitive meetings with Lecce, including a 4-2 victory when the sides last squared off eight months ago.
Panagiotis Tachtsidis is suspended for Lecce here.
Cristian Dell’Orco, Zan Majer, Alessandro Deiola, Gianluca Lapadula, Luca Rossettini and Biagio Meccariello are all not expected back for the hosts for this match.
Lazio will be without Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquín Correa due to injury, but Immobile and Caicedo return from suspension.
Head to Head
In 25 competitive meetings between these two sides, Lazio have an upper hand in terms of win rate, 16 in total to Lecce’s paltry tally of five. Four encounters had ended as draws
Lecce’s last five competitive games: LLLLL
Lazio’s last five competitive games: WLWWL
Despite Lazio’s failings last time out, they can be backed to bounce back to winning ways here, and move within four points of Juve who play AC Milan later. With the return of two of Serie A’s most potent strikers to their fold, there is very little to suggest Lazio will not come out of this encounter with maximum points. Punters can get odds of 4/11 for an outright victory for the visitors.
Immobile is 4/9 to score anytime, and having done just that all season, he’s our player on the goal-scorers market for this game.