Lecce host Serie A leaders Juventus after spoiling Stefano Pioli’s debut in the Milan dugout. The dogged Giallorossi equalised in stoppage time to claim a share of the spoils and have performed better than their current position suggests. Maurizio Sarri’s travelling party go in search of a sixth successive league win.
Where and when: Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce – 26 October, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Lecce vs. Juventus: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Saturday’s encounter marks the first clash between the clubs since May 2012. Claudio Marchisio opened the scoring but his effort was cancelled out by Andrea Bertolacci late on.
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Lecce v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Lecce’s dramatic draw away in Milan was the story of the previous round of fixtures. The defiant Giallorossi have already faced Inter, Torino, Napoli, Roma and Atalanta, all before the clash with the Rossoneri and their spirited showings will instill confidence within the squad.
Fabio Liverani’s men are likely to be unchanged with Khouma Babacar leading the line. The physically imposing forward, who is on loan from Sassuolo, struck at San Siro, and is 4/1 to net anytime.
Juventus remain a point above closest challengers Inter after surviving a late scare to get the better off Bologna. Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic got the goals in the 2-1 triumph but had Gigi Buffon to thank for his last-minute heroics.
The 41-year-old denied Federico Santander a certain goal much to the relief of the Turin natives and could conceivably play on for another two years.
Aaron Ramsey was rested for the duel with Siniša Mihajlović’s troops but should come back in to the side at the expense of Federico Bernardeschi.
The Italian has featured in the role behind the two forwards but does not offer the same goal threat as the Welshman. Ramsey is 13/8 to score anytime, while the Bianconeri are 3/10 to record another successful result.
One to watch for Lecce: Filippo Falco will operate as a second forward and has been one of the Giallorossi’s better performers this campaign. The Lecce number 10 is an attractive 20/1 to score last.
One to watch for Juventus: Dybala has played second fiddle to Higuain but will get minutes in the second-half. The diminutive attacker is 9/2 to hit the final effort.
Long shot: Only Genoa have shipped more goals than Lecce and Liverani will hope for a Champions League hangover after the Bianconeri’s trip to Russia. Nevertheless, whichever lineup Sarri fields, Juventus should have too much for the hosts, and a 3-1 triumph for the travelling party is available at 10/1.