Our prediction for this Serie A match:
In the highly anticipated Serie A Round 1 clash, Lecce and Lazio are set to battle it out on the field. Lazio's recent transfer move, parting ways with key midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Al Hilal, has raised questions about their away strength. The Giallorossi, known for their resilience at home, will be aiming to capitalize on this advantage. With their solid defensive record on home turf, they present a formidable challenge for the Biancocelesti.
However, Lecce will have to navigate through injury concerns, with Lorenzo Venuti and Antonio Gallo sidelined. In contrast, Lazio's manager Maurizio Sarri enjoys the luxury of a full and fit squad to choose from. Despite Lecce's home advantage and Lazio's loss of a significant player, the dynamics of the game could shift unpredictably. As both teams kick off their Serie A campaigns, all eyes will be on whether Lecce can maintain their home dominance or if Lazio can prove their resilience in the face of key changes. A closely-fought draw seems to be a likely outcome as these two sides collide in a much-anticipated showdown.
Highlighted Player (Manuel Lazzari):
Born in Valdagno, Italy on November 29, 1993, Manuel Lazzari is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side SPAL. Lazzari played for the youth teams of Montecchio Maggiore at the start of his football career and in 2011 he moved to Delta Rovigo.
After spending the 2011/2012 season at the club, Manuel Lazzarri joined Giacomense in the summer of 2012 and it has to be noted that he made 24 appearances in the league for the club. At the end of the 2012/2013 season the 174-cm-tall footballer moved to SPAL and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the club.
Manuel Lazzari had seven assists in 39 appearances for SPAL in the 2016/2017 Serie B campaign and, no doubt, he helped the club secure promotion to the Italian elite division. His main position is right midfield, but he can play as both right-back and right winger if needed. Manuel Lazzari’s contract with SPAL should expire on June 30, 2021.
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.