Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Friday’s football game between Lecce and Fiorentina will open round 23 of the new Serie A campaign. The Giallorossi aim to put an end to their three-game losing run and they are surely capable of matching the out-of-sorts visitors on home soil. Defender Kastriot Dermaku is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Viola, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their form in 2024, with the team losing to both Sassuolo and Inter, while sharing the spoils with Udinese. As Lecce are tough to beat at home, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing more than one point from the match. Cristiano Biraghi is back from suspension, while Christian Kouame is still on international duty. Both Dodo and Gaetano Castrovilli miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Christian Kouame):
Christian Kouame is an Ivory Coast international who has been playing for Serie A side Genoa since 2018. Kouame started his youth career at Prato and after ending his loan spells with the likes of Sassuolo and Inter, he returned to Stadio Lungobisenzio.
The 185-cm-tall forward made his professional debut with Prato on September 6, 2015 in a 2-1 loss to Pisa. Christian Kouame started the match, but he was replaced by Alberto Aladje after 66 minutes. The Genoa attacker, though, has yet to earn a call-up for the Ivory Coast national team. He has two caps for the Ivory Coast U23 team, but he is still eyeing his senior team debut.
His main position is centre-forward, but he is used as both left and right winger as well. The Genoa footballer was born in Abijan on December 6, 1997 and he has a contract with the Rossoblu until June 30, 2023.
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.