The Salentini have slipped to 16th position on the ladder after a 2-3 home defeat at the hands of Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna. Fabio Liverani’s men fought back once again in the second half, which seems to be their thing as they scored 73 percent of their goals after the break, but it was too little, too late this time around.
They will be hoping to record their first home win of the season at the ninth time of asking.
Lecce have recorded four draws and four defeats at the Via Del Mare, scoring 1.25 goals per game and conceding two goals per bout. Four of their last five matches at this venue failed to produce a winner.
Gallo, Dumancic and Majer are likely to miss out, Calderoni is suspended for this one.
After three defeats and two draws since November 10th, Udinese finally recorded a much-needed 2-1 win over Cagliari and pushed themselves up to 14th positon in the standings.
The Ivorian midfielder Seko Fofana was Zebrette’s man of the match as he provided an assist for De Paul and scored a winning goal, his first of the season.
With 18 points on the board, Luca Gotti’s side are four points above the dropping zone.
The Udine-based outfit have registered one win, one draw and six defeats away from Friuli, averaging 0.75 goals scored per match, whilst shipping 2.25. Thety’ve lost five of their last six away games.
Everyone bar Samir are fit to play. There are no suspensions in the team.
I’m positive we’ll see goals on both ends on Monday. Both teams have scored in 75 percent of Lecce’s games at Via Del Mare and Udinese have found the back of the net in three of their last four away games under caretaker manager.
Lastly, I will follow Salentini’s trend and pick the goals in the second half. Four of their last five home fixtures had at least two goals scored after the break and they have an average of 2.06 goals in the 2nd part of the game over 17 league matches.