Lecce continue fight against the drop at Brescia
Last season’s Serie B powerhouses meet under very different circumstances on Saturday Lunch time. Can Brescia get a vital win to help them stave off relegation? Have a read of our preview here:
Being hard to beat
Lecce are are a rarity in Serie A this season in that they are from the south. There are hardly any representatives from the southern states of the peninsula, currently plying their trade in the Italian top-flight.
Lecce will be delighted with the resilience they have shown following a tricky start.
The Giallorossi have lost just once in the last eight games in Serie A, drawing six while beating Fiorentina away.
They would like a few more wins for sure but get a point off the like of Juventus, AC Milan and Cagliari is not to be sniffed at this season.
Their key men have been Filippo Falco, who has two goals and two assists this season, and Gianluca Lapadula who has netted four times. They are getting contributions from a number of players which is really helping when they don’t have a stand out star.
A glimmer of hope for Brescia
What a torrid season it has been for Brescia. They looked so good in Serie B last season, taking teams apart with some excellent build-up play and great finishing from both Alfredo Donnarumma and Ernesto Torregrossa.
The limelight has certainly been shining of them and in particular on young Sandro Tonali who is an exceptionally talented midfielder – often compared to Pirlo.
The problems have been in adjusting to the more ruthless attacking opposition at Serie A level, this was similar to the last time La Rondinelle were in the top-flight and is a fairly common problem.
Brescia had, before beating SPAL 1-0 last weekend, conceded 17 times in the previous six games. There is no chance of building any momentum when you can’t do the basics plus the ridiculous comments from their owner regarding Mario Balotelli just compounded issues.
The former Liverpool striker has struggled on the pitch but was also subjected to racist abuse from Verona fans to which Brescia tifosi responded by suggesting the Italian international was overreacting – you couldn’t make it up.
The win at SPAL could be the tonic they need to kick on but it is hard to see them surviving unless the back line can find some consistent metal.
Brescia vs. Lecce Betting Tip
This one is a relegation six-pointer, no doubt about it and it will likely be a cagey affair. That’s why we are backing it to finish with under 3.5 goals at odds of 4/9 with Coral – certainly worth a punt.