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Lecce vs. Inter Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
16 January 2020
Sunday 19 January
Via del Mare – Serie A
Inter are heading to the Via del Mare trailing Juventus by two points at the top of Serie A, facing a Lecce side fighting for survival. Both teams were unlucky to come empty handed from last weekend’s affair and the home side will hope they aren’t the victim of the Nerazzurri’s wrath this time around.
This weekend’s match will be the second since the calendar turned towards the run-in of the Italian league and the reverse fixture at San Siro ended in a thumping 4-0 triumph for the home side. Their first meeting since Lecce last played in the top division in 2012 saw four different players get on the scoresheet as Romelu Lukaku inspired the Nerazzurri contributing with the first goal after the break. The first half ended in a 2-0 lead for the home side after goals from Stefano Sensi and Marcelo Brozovic, and before Antonio Candreva made the night complete with Inter’s fourth.
Lecce have only won three times in 11 attempts against the Milan side at the Via del Mare and will have to produce something spectacular to stop Conte’s force this weekend.
Diego Farias and Evgenyi Shakhov are running against the clock to be in contention against second-placed Inter, as Fabio Liverani will have most of his men available ahead of another tough fixture.
Inter had Alexis Sanchez back in the starting line-up during their 4-1 win against Cagliari in the Coppa Italia and only Danilo D’Ambrosio should be out of contention to play in Puglia. After a long period without his key members available, Conte seems to have most of his players back in action and might also be able to present new signing Leonardo Spinazzola in D’Ambrosio’s favoured position at the left.
Lecce vs. Inter Preview and Predictions
It took a strong Atalanta side to stop Inter’s great record in the League this season and the two dropped points have proven vital in their head-to-head with Juventus at the top of Serie A. Inter are now trailing to points to the reigning champions and will need to respond immediately to not fall further behind the Old Lady. An away win may be backed at 1.32 this Sunday, as Lecce will need a perfect performance to get something from the game.
It seems unlikely that Lecce will be able to upset the Nerazzurri, when the Giallorossi are struggling to pick up points also against teams in and around them at the bottom of the top division. Liverani is hoping to bring in some new faces to Puglia this winter, hoping to keep their head over water. A loss could mean that they drop into the relegation zone, but no one expects them to get anything from this game. A draw may be backed at 5.70 and a win at 9.25, but it will require their best game of the season so far.
Lecce’s last point came away to Genoa at the Marassi on December 8, but they did keep Juventus to a 1-1 result during a run of four consecutive draws in September, but it seems a long time ago already. The Giallorossi are yet to win at home in Serie A this term and their last home win came against Salernitana in the Coppa Italia in August, before their first League game this campaign.
Inter are spearheaded by a steaming hot Lukaku, who can’t stop scoring for his new club. He’s on 18 goals across all tournaments and 14 in Serie A, adding another two during the last 16 of the Coppa Italia this weekend. He will most likely be back up top with Lautaro Martinez this weekend, with whom he has created a lethal duo this term.
Inter to win 4-0 at 14.50
With Lukaku and Martinez in the attack, Inter are scoring for fun and put four past Lecce the last time these two sides met. During the mid-week, they scored four again and will be looking to keep up their great attacking display against the Giallorossi on Sunday.
Total amount of goals in the first half Over 1.5 at 2.20
A sorry Lecce will have to do everything they can to prevent Inter a look at the target during the first 45 minutes. In their four last wins, the Nerazzurri have scored twice in all of them and the fifth win against Slavia Prague in the Champions League also included two goals when they went in at the break on a score draw.