Napoli vs Lecce
Italy – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 9 February 2020
Kick-off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples)
The Azzurri, currently riding a three-game winning streak across competitions, will be eager to maintain their winning momentum when they return to San Paolo to play Lecce.
Napoli vs Lecce: Match Preview
Napoli are officially back in business following their third consecutive win across competitions. After beating Lazio (1-0, Coppa Italia) and Juventus (2-1), Rino Gattuso’s men continued their revival with a 4-2 victory over Sampdoria at the Marassi.
The Parthenopeans remained tenth in the Serie A standings, but now they’re just two points off of Europa League chasing trio and nine points behind Champions League spot occupants, Atalanta. They will be eager to maintain their winning momentum when they return to San Paolo to play Lecce.
The Azzurri have posted four wins, two draws and five losses in their own backyard, bagging measly 1.18 goals per bout, whilst conceding 1.27. Napoli have lost for their last five home games.
The Salentini finally snapped their ten-game winless run at the Stadio Via Del Mare with an authoritative 4-0 victory over an out-of-sorts Torino. That was their first league win since November 30th and the results means they’re now one point behind sixteenth-placed Samp and three points clear of relegation-threatened Grifone.
They will be hoping to rekindle their old road form, but next week’s fixture vs SPAL certainly seems more winnable.
Lecce have registered three wins, two draws and six defeats on their travels this season, averaging 1.09 goals netted per game and shiping 2.18. They have lost three away games on the trot with a combined goal difference od 0:8.
Napoli vs Lecce: Team News & Probable Lineups
The left back Kevin Malcuit (3 games – 0 goals) is a long-term absentee, Elmas (13/1) is suspended.
Napoli (4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Koulibaly, Manolas, Mario Rui; Allan, Lobotka, Fabian Ruiz; Callejon, Milik, Insigne
Babacar (17/2), Farias (12/2), Gabriel (first choice goalkeeper), Meccariello (8/0), Shakhov (13/0) and Tachtsidis (17/0) are all questionable for the trip.
Lecce (4-3-1-2): Vigorito; Donati, Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni; Barak, Majer, Deiola; Saponara; Falco, Lapadula
Napoli vs Lecce: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (19 games): Napoli 8 Wins, Lecce 4 Wins, 7 Draws.
- Napoli have won five of their nine home games against Salentini.
- On average 3.22 goals have been scored in their duels at San Paolo over the course of history.
- The Azzurri have won five of the last seven head-to-head meetings.
- The Salentini have conceded two goals or more in four of the last seven encounters with Napoli.
Napoli vs Lecce: Prediction
Props to Salentini for a massive win over Granata, but I can’t see them pulling an upset here. Their away form of late has been poor Napoli are on the rise. I’m confident they will record a comprehensive victory on Sunday. I will take them in -1.5 Asian handy.
Finally, with a 3-1 scoreline hunch, I’m hitting goals market to pick Over 3 goals (Asian Total). Napoli wingers are scoring goals again and the visitors are an overish side with an average of 3.27 goals on their away games.
Napoli vs Lecce: Betting Tips
Napoli -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.69
Over 3 Goals (Asian Total) @ 1.62.