Roma vs Lecce
Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 23 February 2020
Kick-off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Roma will be aiming to build on the Europa League win over Gent (1-0) when they welcome in-form Lecce to the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Roma vs Lecce: Match Preview
Paulo Fonseca must be disappointed with his side’s second half performance as they squandered a half-time lead to suffer a 1-2 defeat to Atalanta in a vital Top 4 clash. Roma are in poor run of form, having lost five of their last seven league matches.
As a result, they’re now six points off of fourth-placed Bergamese and only four points ahead of Europa League chasing trio, led by Ivan Juric’s Verona. They will be aiming to build on the Europa League win over Gent (1-0) when they welcome Lecce to the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
The Giallorossi have registered five wins, three draws and four defeats at this venue, averaging 1.83 goals scored per game, whilst allowing 1.58. They have lost three of their last four home outings.
The Salentini have been playing at a very high level over the last month, winning three Serie A games in a row, including a 2-1 victory over SPAL in the relegation dogfight.
Unfortunately for them, Genoa upped their game as well, and Fabio Liverani’s team, now sixteenth on the ladder, remained just three points above the relegation zone. The southern outfit managed to beat Napoli 3-2 away from home on February 9th and will be eyeing another upset here.
Lecce have posted four wins, two draws and six losses away from Via Del Mare, netting 1.25 goals per match on average and conceding 2.17 goals per bout in return. They have taken six points from their last five road games.
Roma vs Lecce: Team News & Probable Lineups
Zappacosta (1 game – 0 goals), Zaniolo (18/4), Pastore (9/0) and Mirante (goalie – 1 game) are out for the hosts.
Roma (4-2-3-1): Pau Lopez – Bruno Peres, Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov – Cristante, Veretout – Mkhitaryan, Pellegrini, Perotti – Dzeko
The guests will miss injured Farias (12/2), Falco (19/3) and Babacar (17/2).
Lecce (4-2-3-1): Vigorito – Donati, Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni – Majer, Deiola, Barak – Mancosu, Shakhov – Lapadula
Roma vs Lecce: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (23 games): Roma 17 wins, Lecce 1 Win, 5 Draws.
- Roma have an outstanding home record against Salentini (10-1-0).
- On average 4.10 goals have been scored in their encounters at Olimpico.
- The Giallorossi have won six of the last seven head-to-head games.
- Lecce fell to a narrow home defeat in their latest matchup back in September 29th.
Roma vs Lecce: Prediction
Roma are listed as massive favourites to claim their twelfth win of the season, but I don’t think they will have an easy game on Sunday. The visiting side are in much better shape at the moment and I will back them in +1.5 Asian Handicap with fantastic odds.
The hosts have conceded fifteen goals over the last seven league matches, whilst Salentini have scored nine goals in their last three Serie A outings. I fancy Lecce to net one or two at Stadio Olimpico.
Roma vs Lecce: Betting Tips
Lecce +1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.07
Roma To Keep A Clean Sheet – No @ 1.50.