Preview: Napoli vs. Lecce

Preview: Napoli vs. Lecce

Having kept their unbeaten record intact at the weekend, Napoli return to home soil on Wednesday, as they host Lecce at Stadio Maradona.

One of six sides locked on seven points at the top of the Serie A standings, the Partenopei take on southern rivals who are yet to taste victory since promotion.

Concluding Serie A’s third round under the lights at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Napoli saw their lightning start to the season somewhat curtailed by an organised Fiorentina side, who posted their third straight goalless draw.

After lashing in nine goals during their first two matches – against Verona and Monza – Luciano Spalletti’s side were denied a breakthrough despite fielding several newly-acquired attacking stars.

Nonetheless, the additions of Giovanni Simeone and Giacomo Raspadori to an already potent front line should pay dividends in the longer term, and will represent a fearsome prospect for Lecce to face in midweek.

Though their scoring streak of 15 successive away matches is now at an end, Napoli return to their Campanian headquarters, where they found the net at a rate of nearly two goals per game last term and put four past Monza on their most recent outing.

While generally having the upper hand against Wednesday’s visitors historically, when the clubs last met in Serie A – back in February 2020 – it was Lecce who came out on top: winning 3-2 in Naples.

Such a result this time would be a blow to Spalletti’s hopes of finally getting his hands on the Scudetto, and with games against Lazio and Liverpool to come in the next few days, Napoli will want to take care of business at home to more modest opponents.

Still seeking the first point of their Serie A comeback campaign, Lecce welcomed Empoli to Stadio Via del Mare on Sunday, and despite falling a goal behind to their Tuscan counterparts were able to fight back for a 1-1 draw.

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Preview: Napoli vs. Lecce – prediction, team news, lineups
By Jonathan O’Shea | 1d
Having kept their unbeaten record intact at the weekend, Napoli return to home soil on Wednesday, as they host Lecce at Stadio Maradona.

One of six sides locked on seven points at the top of the Serie A standings, the Partenopei take on southern rivals who are yet to taste victory since promotion.

Match preview

Preview: Napoli vs. Lecce – prediction, team news, lineups

Concluding Serie A’s third round under the lights at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Napoli saw their lightning start to the season somewhat curtailed by an organised Fiorentina side, who posted their third straight goalless draw.

After lashing in nine goals during their first two matches – against Verona and Monza – Luciano Spalletti’s side were denied a breakthrough despite fielding several newly-acquired attacking stars.

Nonetheless, the additions of Giovanni Simeone and Giacomo Raspadori to an already potent front line should pay dividends in the longer term, and will represent a fearsome prospect for Lecce to face in midweek.

Though their scoring streak of 15 successive away matches is now at an end, Napoli return to their Campanian headquarters, where they found the net at a rate of nearly two goals per game last term and put four past Monza on their most recent outing.

While generally having the upper hand against Wednesday’s visitors historically, when the clubs last met in Serie A – back in February 2020 – it was Lecce who came out on top: winning 3-2 in Naples.

Such a result this time would be a blow to Spalletti’s hopes of finally getting his hands on the Scudetto, and with games against Lazio and Liverpool to come in the next few days, Napoli will want to take care of business at home to more modest opponents.

Preview: Napoli vs. Lecce – prediction, team news, lineups

Still seeking the first point of their Serie A comeback campaign, Lecce welcomed Empoli to Stadio Via del Mare on Sunday, and despite falling a goal behind to their Tuscan counterparts were able to fight back for a 1-1 draw.

Marco Baroni’s men had been heading towards half time with a one-goal deficit, but Gabriel Strefezza’s 40th-minute strike levelled the scores and ultimately got his team off the mark for the 2022-23 season.

Beaten with the last kick by Inter on the opening day, and then edged out by Sassuolo, the Puglian side have at least put a point on the board, but with just two goals so far they may need to up their attacking intent.

Last season’s Serie B champions also crashed out of the Coppa Italia to Cittadella at the start of August, so a long slog against returning to the second tier is apparently all that remains – but a recent arrival has renewed hope among the Giallorossi faithful.

World Cup-winner Samuel Umtiti was greeted as a hero after completing his loan move from Barcelona last week; being reduced to tears by the Lecce fans’ fervour.

Having taken his place on the bench against Empoli, the Frenchman’s presence may be required in the back four at Stadio Maradona, given the hosts’ countless options in the final third.

Napoli Serie A form:
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Lecce Serie A form:
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We say: Napoli 1-0 Lecce
Despite their lack of points, Lecce have proved tough enough to withstand pressure and have not lost by more than a one-goal margin. If Napoli opt to rotate their resources, a new-look XI may take a while to gel – but their class in the final third should get the job done.

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