Parma will aim to move closer to a European spot when they host Lecce at the Ennio Tardini Stadium in the Serie A on Monday night.
Parma Match Form
The Gialloblu are in the middle of a good season and are in 7th place at the moment. Compared to last season, where they finished 14th, this is a healthy improvement. Roberto D’Aversa’s men are 4 points away from Cagliari, who are occupying the final European spot currently.
Further ahead are Atalanta with a nine-point lead on Parma and the latter would rather target a good set of results than think of finishing higher. This gets truer when they look behind them in the table. Napoli and Torino are just a point behind while Milan in 12th place are further 2 points behind.
Thus, the table is quite narrow at the moment and Parma will look to create both breathing space and find their rhythm when they face Lecce as they were thumped 5-0 by Atalanta in the previous match.
Lecce Match Form
Lecce are in a different fight of their own – the survival one. The Giallorossi are in 17th place, with 15 points from 18 games. Their safety net amounts to a solitary point with 18th-placed Brescia and 19th-placed Genoa on 14 points. Further, SPAL at the bottom of the table have 12 points, highlighting how close the teams are at the bottom.
Fabio Liverani did a solid job of getting Lecce promoted by finishing 2nd in the Serie B last season but he has an even bigger fight on his hands now. The good news is 14th-placed Sassuolo are just 4 points ahead.
Thus, a string of good results can easily see Lecce climb higher. However, it is easier said than done. A trip to Parma is going to be tough and after losing 1-0 to Udinese in the last game, Liverani will want his troops to put in a good performance in this one.
In terms of team news, Parma have one injury doubt in the form of Yann Karamoh giving the gaffer an excellent chance to field a strong side. Meanwhile, Lecce have a few injury doubts with Giannelli Wanga Imbula, Luka Dumancic and Riccardo Fiamozzi carrying niggles.
Parma vs Lecce H2H & Betting Tips
Coming to head-to-head, these two sides have never met before, making this a historic meeting. Looking at recent form, Lecce are winless in their last 4 league games while Parma picked up 2 wins in the same period.
Further, leaving the 5-0 thumping against Atalanta aside, D’Aversa’s men did not concede more than a single goal in the previous 5 games across all competitions. Meanwhile, Lecce have shipped in 14 goals in their last 5 matches in all competitions.
Thus, the away side are leaky at the back, with just 1 clean sheet in their last 10 games across all competitions. This points to the home side definitely finding the back of the net in this one.
Finally, looking at recent form, it is clear that Parma is favorites in this one and should comfortably win the game by two goals or more in the end.
Parma Predicted XI: Sepe; Darmian, Iacoponi, Alves, Pezzella; Grassi, Hernani, Barilla; Sprocati, Kulusevski, Kucka
Lecce Predicted XI: Gabriel; Donati, Lucioni, Rossettini, Dell’Orco; Petriccione, Tachtsidis, Tabanelli; Mancosu