Lecce will look to further safety when they host SPAL at Stadio Via del Mare in the Serie A on Saturday.
Lecce Match Form
The Lupi will consider their season to be successful if they stay up and so far, they are just about doing it right. They are currently 17th in the table, with 22 points from 23 games. Their safety net consists of 3 points, with Genoa in 18th place while Brescia are further 3 points behind.
Thus, Lecce will believe that winning a few games between now and the end of the season will be enough to ensure their safety. Looking up, Sampdoria are a point ahead while Udinese and Fiorentina are 3 points ahead and definitely catchable.
Therefore, Mario Vellone will look to ensure the newly-promoted club stay up and in order to do so, beating teams below them becomes imperative. After stunning Napoli 2-3 away in the previous league game with goals from Gianluca Lapadula and Marco Mancosu, Lecce will be confident heading into this one.
SPAL Match Form
Coming to their opponents, SPAL look destined for relegation. After finishing 13th last season, it has been downhill this time around, with Gli Spallini lying in 20th place. Picking up a paltry 15 points from 23 games, they trail Brescia by a solitary point while Genoa are a further 3 ahead.
Their opponents for this weekend occupy the final safe spot but are 7 points ahead. Thus, Luigi Di Biagio’s men have their task cut out if they want to survive the drop. However, if the club wants to stave off relegation, then winning games like these are absolutely paramount.
After losing 1-2 to Sassuolo at home with Kevin Bonifazi scoring the goal for the hosts, the challenge gets even more trickier for an away game.
Team News & Lecce vs SPAL Betting Tips
In terms of team news, Khouma Babacar, Diego Farias, PanagiotisTachtsidis and Biagio Meccariello are out due to injury. Meanwhile, for their opponents, Marco D’Alessandro is a long-term injury while Alberto Cerri is ruled out as well.
Both teams do not have too much history, having faced each other just twice. Both teams won one game apiece. However, a whopping 10 goals were scored with neither team registering a clean sheet in each one.
Further, the reverse fixture saw SPAL run out 5-1 winners in December. However, recent form is in favour of the home side, where they beat Napoli and Torino in the last 2 league games. The same cannot be said of their opponents, who conceded 10 goals in their last 3 matches in the league.
Thus, both teams are in the bottom half of the table, however, the home side has better momentum at the moment and that alone should help them see this game out to strengthen their grip on survival.
Lecce Predicted XI: Vigorito; Rispoli, Lucioni, Rossettini, Donati; Majer, Deiola, Barak; Saponara; Falco, Lapadula
SPAL Predicted XI: Berisha; Tomovic, Vicari, Bonifazi; Strefezza, Dabo, Missiroli, Castro, Reca; Petagna, Di Francesco