Struggling Lecce host Milan on Matchday 27 of the Serie A calendar. The Giallorossi sit in 17th, tied with Genoa on 25 points but with an inferior goal difference. Meanwhile, the opposing Rossoneri are outside of the European places but should take heart from their spirited showing against Juventus on their return to competitive action.
Where and when: Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce – 22 June, kick-off 18:30
Where you can see Lecce vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: There was late drama in October as Marco Calderoni’s stoppage time goal secured a point for Lecce. Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Krzysztof Piątek netted for Milan while Khouma Babacar struck the Giallorossi’s opener.
Lecce v Milan Predictions and Preview
Fabio Liverani’s troops won three of their last five matches prior to the pause in play, though the final two encounters saw Lecce ship an astonishing 11 goals. The relegation candidates were soundly beaten 4-0 by Roma, before Atalanta hit them for seven.
Nevertheless, the Apulia based outfit are a threat going forward, and have scored more than all of the sides around them in the table, and two more than Fiorentina who have invested heavily over the last 12-18 months.
Lecce will be reliant on Marco Mancosu and Gianluca Lapadula to trouble Milan and the former Rossoneri forward is 3/1 to score anytime. Lapadula, who only had one full season at the club, will be particularly up for the contest and is enjoying regular playing time with the Giallorossi. The hosts are 17/4 to emerge triumphant and 3/1 to claim a draw that could lift them out of the bottom three.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Franck Kessie to score anytime||16/5||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||4/1||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-0||15/2||Offer|
Milan failed to make Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final despite a valiant effort in Turin. Stefano Pioli was without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Swede is unlikely to be available until the showdown with Roma in a fortnight.
Rafael Leao is pushing for inclusion and is 11/2 to open the scoring. The youngster is Pioli’s only other orthodox centre-forward and has shown glimpses of his raw talent since arriving from Lille last summer.
Lucas Paqueta and Çalhanoğlu will support the attacker and the midfielders are both available at 9/4 in the anytime scorer market. Milan are 8/13 to register victory and maintain their European charge.
One to watch for Lecce: Mancosu is the Giallorossi’s top scorer this term and is 10/3 to score anytime. The fan favourite has eight strikes from 21 appearances and is on course for another double figure haul.
One to watch for Milan: Theo Hernandez has been the Rossoneri’s standout player this year and is reportedly on the radar of PSG. The left-back loves to get forward and is 11/1 to notch last.
Long shot: Remarkably, Lecce have outscored Milan this campaign and have picked up some memorable results. The Giallorossi have beaten Napoli and held both Juventus and Inter and will go in to the fixture confident of nullifying an Ibrahimovic-less Rossoneri and offering something going forward. A 2-0 home success is a whopping 40/1.