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Prediction: Lecce vs Inter Milan

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 22 Feb 2024

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Verdict: Inter Milan win

Best Odds: 4/9

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Simply looking to extend their buffer at the top of the Serie A table, Inter Milan will make the trip to Lecce on Sunday evening.

Lecce

Starting with the hosts, while Lecce might have secured a shock 3-2 victory against Fiorentina last month, it appears that was nothing more than a minor boost for the Salentians. Tumbling down the Serie A table, Roberto D’Aversa’s men are enduring a public domestic crisis. Last seen putting in another toothless display as they slumped to a routine 2-0 loss at the hands of Turin, the Apulia-based outfit have lost five of their previous six top-flight appearances and they will be bracing themselves for a heavyweight examination this weekend. With their extended struggle underlined by a 4-0 drumming away at Bologna earlier in the month, some around the Stadio Via del mare are looking over their shoulder at a potential relegation scrap in 2024. Gaining a reputation for their glaring defensive struggles, it should also be highlighted that Lecce have registered just a single win since opening up the New Year.

Team News

Both still dealing with respective long-term injury issues, Lecce will once again be without the duo of Federico Brancolini and Kastriot Dermaku on Saturday evening. Likewise, struggling with a recent knock and missing out against Torino last week, Zambia international Lameck Banda here.

Shown a second-half red card away at Torino last time out, 26-year-old defender Marin Pongracic will serve a one-match match suspension. Although Roberto Piccoli has notched just a single Serie A strike since the middle of December, the former Atalanta starlet will spearhead Lecce’s charge.

Inter Milan

As for the visitors, picking up a Champions League advantage earlier in the week as they secured a 1-0 victory against Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan are enjoying a stellar purple patch. Continuing to receive a string of plaudits from across the continent, it is no secret that Simone Inzaghi’s men are tipped as a leading title contender in 2024. Opening this weekend’s fixtures holding a commanding six-point buffer over the chasing pack, the Nerazzurri will be smelling the chance to make another statement here. Last seen in top-flight action storming their way to a 4-0 romp against Salernitana, the one-time Lazio boss has seen his squad win all of their previous nine straight appearances across all fronts. Riding what has been a remarkable wave of momentum, it should also be highlighted that Sunday’s guests have suffered just a single defeat since the end of September.

Team News

Still dealing with a long-term Achilles tendon injury and not making a single appearance since back on December 12th, ex-Juventus star Juan Cuadrado will not feature here. Likewise, sustaining a calf issue earlier in the month, veteran defender Francesco Acerbi is once again seen as a major doubt in Apulia.

Bagging the winner against Atletico Madrid in midweek and now finding the net in back-to-back appearances, former West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic could be handed a full recall here. The Austrian international could potentially replace Marcus Thuram in the final third.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Lecce and Inter Milan met for their reverse Serie A showdown back on December 23rd, the Nerazzurri picked up a 2-0 victory at the San Siro.
    • Inter Milan have collected 13 points from their previous five Serie A meetings against Sunday’s hosts.
    • Lecce have lost five of their previous six Serie A appearances.
    • Likewise, the Salentians have recorded just a single victory from any of their previous 10 appearances.
    • Inter Milan have won all of their previous four showdowns away from the San Siro by an aggregate score of 11-3.

    Conclusion

    Picking up a Champions League first-leg advantage in midweek as they secured a 1-0 victory against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan will be looking to make another statement here. Riding what has been a major wave of momentum and simply looking to extend their buffer at the top of the Serie A table, Inzaghi’s men will be smelling a golden opportunity on Sunday evening. Securing a routine 2-0 win when they welcomed Lecce to the San Siro for their reverse meeting on December 23rd, we are expecting a similar outcome in Apulia.

    Verdict: Inter Milan win

    Best Odds: 4/9

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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