Milan are one of six Serie A clubs in the running for the final European berth and need to dispatch Lecce with sterner tests ahead. The Rossoneri will meet Roma, Napoli, Lazio and Juventus in four of their next five league matches, while the hosts sit just three points above the drop zone.
Where and when: Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce – 9 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Lecce vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The Rossoneri thought they had won it late on through Krzysztof Piatek but were left stunned as Marco Calderoni equalised in stoppage time.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Draw and both teams to score||18/5||Offer|
|Calhanoglu to score first||15/2||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-0||15/2||Offer|
Lecce v Milan Predictions and Preview
February was mixed for Lecce. The Salentini started impressively, thumping Torino, before getting the better of Napoli in a five-goal thriller.
The victory was all the more impressive given the Azzurri’s recent resurgence and the result was followed by a third win in succession, this time against SPAL.
However, Fabio Liverani’s troops were unable to end the month how they started it. Roma put four past the Salentini in a dismal showing from the promoted outfit and Atalanta humiliated Lecce further. La Dea thrashed the 16th place side 7-2 and it could have been even worse for Liverani and his men.
Skipper Marco Mancosu has looked at ease in Italy’s top flight and has eight goals to his name. The midfielder is available at 13/5 to net anytime and will have his suitors if Lecce fail to survive. The Salentini are 17/4 to earn a priceless three points and the draw is 3/1.
Travelling party Milan are in complete disarray off the field. Rossoneri CEO Ivan Gazidis is expected to remove Sporting Director and club icon Zvominir Boban from his role and Paolo Maldini could also leave his post.
The Diavolo legends voiced their displeasure at Gazidis’ very public play for Ralf Rangnick with the German earmarked to take charge in the summer.
On the pitch, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will spearhead the team and the Swede is 3/1 favourite to open proceedings. Fellow attacker Ante Rebic, who has been the Rossoneri’s star performer this calendar year, is 9/2 in the same market. The visitors are 3/5 to emerge triumphant ahead of a tough spell of fixtures.
One to watch for Lecce: Ex-Rossoneri forward Gianluca Lapadula is enjoying his best scoring season in Serie A and is 15/2 to strike last.
One to watch for Milan: Theo Hernandez has seven goal contributions from left-back and the Diavolo may struggle to hold on to the Frenchman if they fail to play European football next year. The defender is 13/5 to score anytime.
Long shot: After the hammerings at the hands of Roma and Atalanta, Lecce have now conceded a whopping 56 goals. To put in to context, this sum is 12 more than rock bottom SPAL have shipped and there is a real possibility the Salentini could soon be in the bottom three given they have played more games than both Sampdoria and Genoa. A 3-0 success for Milan is 12/1.