Title hopefuls Inter face relegation threatened Lecce in weekend Serie A action. The Nerazzurri now trail Juventus by two points after drawing 1-1 with Atalanta, though the Milan giants were perhaps fortunate to take anything from the encounter. Elsewhere, the Lupi have lost their last four matches.
Where and when: Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce – 19 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Lecce vs. Inter: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Inter thumped the hosts in the reverse fixture courtesy of efforts from Marcelo Brozovic, Stefano Sensi, Romelu Lukaku and an Antonio Candreva wonder strike.
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Lecce vs. Inter Predictions and Preview
Fabio Liverani’s troops are hovering perilously close to the bottom three, with just one point separating Lecce from the drop zone. The hosts have conceded 9 goals from the last four rounds of domestic football and have shipped more than double the tally of their visitors.
Marco Mancosu has five strikes to his name and will operate behind the front two. The Lupi skipper is 7/2 to net anytime and will be key to the home side’s chances of taking something from the contest.
Lecce are 10/1 to pull off a shock triumph and 9/2 to earn a draw. Inter sit in second after the draw with La Dea. After initially taking the lead, the Nerazzurri had Samir Handanovic to thank for avoiding defeat with the Slovenian in inspired form late on.
Inter got back to winning ways on Tuesday, beating Cagliari 4-1 in the Coppa Italia with Romelu Lukaku again instrumental.
The Belgian has 18 goals from 25 appearances and is loving life in Italy under the tutelage of Antonio Conte. Lukaku is 9/4 to open proceedings and 5/2 to bag a brace. Meanwhile, strike-partner Lautaro Martinez will return to the side after serving a suspension and is 7/2 to register first.
Fellow South-American Alexis Sanchez is back in the first-team picture after a lengthy absence. The Chilean got a good run-out against the Sardinians in midweek and is likely to appear in the second-half from the substitutes bench. Inter are 3/10 to topple the opposition ahead of the reported arrivals of Christian Eriksen and Olivier Giroud.
One to watch for Lecce: Gianluca Lapadula has connections with the red half of Milan and will be eager to dent Inter’s title hopes. The striker is 14/1 to score last.
One to watch for Inter: Sanchez looked sharp before succumbing to injury in October, featuring with both Lukaku and Martinez in attack. The Manchester United owned forward is 11/2 in the same final scorer market.
Long shot: Inter possess the best defensive record in the league and only Lazio and Atalanta have scored more. In contrast, Lecce have leaked the most in the division and the Nerazzurri do tend to dispatch the so called ‘lesser sides’ in comfortable fashion. A 4-0 away success is available at 16/1.