Juventus seek a 22nd Serie A win of the campaign when they host battling Lecce. The champions sit at the top of the table ahead of Lazio and Inter, while the travelling party are in the bottom three, but have 11 fixtures to ensure their survival in Italy’s top flight.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 26 June, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Lecce: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The Giallorossi held Juventus to a shock 1-1 draw in Apulia, and were in exclusive company alongside Fiorentina as one of only two sides to take points off the champions after nine rounds of action.
Juventus vs. Lecce Predictions and Preview
Juventus got back to winning ways after their Coppa Italia final heartache with a 2-0 win over Bologna. Boss Maurizio Sarri will have been pleased with the performance of his men as Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo got on the scoresheet. The duo were partnered by Federico Bernardeschi in attack and the former Fiorentina fan favourite made the difference on the night.
Bernardeschi has struggled to cement a regular place in the side due to a combination of injury and lack of consistency, but was the standout performer for the Bianconeri. The versatile midfielder is poised for a run in the side now and is 11/5 to net anytime. Dybala is 8/11 in the same market while Ronaldo is 15/8 to open proceedings.
The Portuguese legend is five adrift of Ciro Immobile in the scoring charts and will relish the occasion against a leaky Lecce backline. In midfield, Sarri is likely to go with a trio of Rodrigo Bentancur, Blaise Matuidi and one of Aaron Ramsey or Miralem Pjanic.
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Pjanic has been strongly linked to Spanish giants Barcelona, but remains an asset for the Bianconeri boss and is supremely gifted from set piece opportunities. The Bosnian is 11/8 to score anytime and Juventus are 1/7 to emerge triumphant.
Visitors Lecce were thumped 4-1 by Milan in their last tie. The Giallorossi were in the contest during the first-half but fell away after the break and know a similar showing will result in another heavy loss.
Coach Fabio Liverani has good options in midfield and attack. The tactician is unlikely to make any changes to the starting eleven with Marco Mancosu, Gianluca Lapadula and Filippo Falco lining up in attack. Mancosu is 9/2 to strike anytime during the clash and the Giallorossi are a whopping 20/1 to seal the success. A draw is 7/1.
One to watch for Juventus: Gonzalo Higuain should make his return from injury in the second-half and is 7/2 to bag last. The Argentine is the club’s only orthodox centre-forward and is a good foil for Ronaldo.
One to watch for Lecce: Lapadula has seven goal contributions to his name and will lead the line. The journeyman forward is 14/1 in the same final scorer betting.
Long shot: Lecce may have shipped more goals than any squad in the division, but, equally, have carried a consistent goal threat throughout the term. The Giallorossi have taken points off Napoli, Inter, Torino and Milan and a 1-1 stalemate with the champions is available at 19/1.