Stefano Pioli takes charge of his first Serie A match as Milan boss after succeeding Marco Giampaolo. The Italian’s appointment has drawn considerable criticism, particularly due to his previous Nerazzurri links, but the well travelled tactician is a safe pair of hands and will stabilise the club. In the opposing camp, Lecce visit San Siro in search of a win that would put them level on points with the struggling Rossoneri.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 20 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Lecce: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Sunday’s encounter will be the first between the clubs since March 2012. The Diavolo ran out 2-0 winners on the day courtesy of Antonio Nocerino and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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Milan v Lecce Predictions and Preview
Milan squeezed past Genoa before the international break but it wasn’t enough to keep Giampaolo in a job. The Rossoneri had Pepe Reina to thank after the stopper saved Lasse Schone’s injury time penalty in a tense encounter between two underperforming squads.
The Rossoneri dismissed the former Sampdoria boss after only seven games in the dugout and Pioli will be tasked with reviving the fortunes of a talented, but inconsistent group of players.
Krzysztof Piatek only has two goals to his name and was surprisingly substituted just after the break in the eventual triumph in Liguria.
The Pole was in red hot form after arriving in January from the Grifone but is desperately out of sorts and now has competition for the sole striking role from Portuguese sensation Rafael Leao.
The 20-year-old was a summer buy from Lille and turned the game in Milan’s favour against Aurelio Andreazzoli’s troops.
Nevertheless, Piatek, who has been linked with a winter move to Premier League giants Manchester United, is likely to get the nod in attack and is 3/1 to open proceedings. The Rossoneri are 2/5 to chalk up all three points.
Meanwhile, Lecce have two wins and five defeats om the board since making their return to Italy’s top flight but couldn’t have had a tougher start. The Giallorossi have played Inter, Roma, Torino, Napoli and Atalanta but acquitted themselves well in each matchup, despite the final results.
One to watch for Milan: Leao should feature from the hour mark and is 5/1 to score last. Naturally a centre-forward, the starlet can also play out wide and his pace will be an asset against a tiring rearguard.
One to watch for Lecce: Gianluca Lapadula could turn out against his former club and is 4/1 to bag anytime. The striker was on the Rossoneri books from 2016 to 2018.
Long shot: Only Sampdoria have let in more goals than Lecce and the Giallorossi should be wary of a new manager bounce. The San Siro may not agree with the club’s choice, but will certainly get behind the team and a 4-0 outcome in favour of the Rossoneri is 22/1.