Our prediction for this Serie B match:
After playing out a goalless draw with Benevento, Lecce will be aiming to return to winning ways when they take on Alessandria at their Stadio Via del Mare. The Giallorossi produce much better showings at home than on the travels, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to win Saturday’s clash. Experienced attacker Massimo Coda, who found the net in the 1-1 draw with Como, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
Anyhow, we believe that the time has come for Lecce to record their first win of the season. Alessandria, on the other hand, do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team conceding nine goals in total in three consecutive defeats to Benevento, Pisa, and Brescia. Since Lecce will not have a better chance than this to get back on course, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Fabio Lucioni):
Fabio Lucioni is a product of Ternana football school. Lucioni played for the youth team of Ternana from 2002 to 2005 and he eventually made 14 appearances for the first team. The 185-cm-tall defender played for the likes of Monopoli, Noicattaro, Gela, Barletta, Spezia and Reggina in the past as well before joining Benevento in 2014.
Lucioni has established himself as a first-team regular at the club and it has to be noted that he scored three goals in 46 appearances for Benevento in the 2016/2017 Serie B campaign. The Stregoni secured promotion to the Serie A by beating Carpi in the play-offs final, meaning that Lucioni will have a chance to test a top-flight football in the 2017/2018 season.
Lucioni’s main position is centre-back and his contract with Benevento expires on June 30, 2018. The left-footed defender, who was born in Terni on September 25, 1987, has yet to earn a call-up for the Italian national football team.