Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Lazio and Lecce take on each other at Stadio Olimpico in the opening match of the Serie A round 35. The Biancocelesti do not seem to be at their sharpest, with the team winning only one of their last four league matches, but they are still seen as favourites to pick up all three points from Friday’s clash. Both Lazzari and Pedro are pushing for a start, both Matias Vecino and Danilo Cataldi are out of contention with injuries.
The Giallorossi, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Juventus and Verona, but given their poor away record in the 2022/2023 season, home win should be considered. Defender Kastriot Dermaku is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the match. In their last encounter in “the Eternal City” Lazio defeated Lecce 4-2 and we predict that history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Elseid Hysaj):
Born on 2nd February 1994, Elseid Hysaj is an Albanian defender who has spent his entire professional career in Italian Serie A and he is predicted a bright future in the game. Empoli scouts spotted his talent while he was playing for Shodra youth sides, and after three years in the youth team, the full-back was promoted to the first team set up.
Hysaj performed really well in his first three years as a first team regular, helping the Azzurri gain promotion to the top fight in the process. One season in Serie A proved enough for the right-sided defender to secure a big club move as he joined Napoli in the summer of 2015 and immediately nailed down a regular starting berth.
Capable of doing dirty defensive work as well as making forward runs, Hysaj is a modern full-back, who is destined for big things. The talented footballer is already a key member of the Albania national team and he will represent the country at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Lecce):
When you imagine a yellow-red shirt, Lecce must be the first club that comes to your mind. Founded back in 1908, Lecce are Italian club that will compete in the Serie A in the 2019/2020 season. The Giallorossi return to the Italian top flight following a seven-year absence and, as always, they will host their rivals at Stadio Via del Mare.
The venue which was opened on September 11, 1966 can hold up to 33,876 people. The likes of Antonio Conte, Graziano Pelle, Javier Chevanton, Juan Cuadrado, Mirko Vucinic, Fabrizio Miccoli and Massimo Oddo are one of the most notable footballers who played for the Italian club in the past.
Lecce and Gallipoli face each other in the Salento derby and there have been fireworks in meetings between the two clubs since the 2009/2010 Serie B season when they first met in the league.