Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Following a 1-0 loss to Empoli at Stadio Carlo Castellani, Lecce will look to get back on course in the Serie A when they face Napoli on Matchday 29. The Giallorossi were anything but impressive in Monday’s clash, with the team failing to take a shot on target, and it is no surprise they are seen as underdogs in this clash. Both Youssef Maleh and Samuel Umtiti are back from suspension, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team. Forward Federico Di Francesco, though, should be recalled to the starting XI.
The Neapolitans, on the other hand, are on the right track to win their first Scudetto since 1990 despite suffering a 4-0 loss to Milan at the weekend. Napoli are more of a team than Lecce, and even though top scorer Victor Osimhen misses out with injury, we are tempted to put our money on the league leaders. Defender Bartosz Bereszynski is yet another absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Stanislav Lobotka):
Born in Trencin on November 25, 1994, Stanislav Lobotka is a Slovakia international who plays for Celta Vigo in La Liga. Lobotka began his youth career at his hometown club AAC Sparta Trencin and he made his senior debut for fellow local club Trencin. In 2013 he signed a loan deal with Dutch side Ajax, but he played for Jong Ajax during the 2013/2014 season.
In the summer of 2014, the Slovakian midfielder returned to Trencin, where he made 74 appearances in the league in total. In 2015 Stanislav Lobotka joined Danish side Nordsjaelland shortly before the transfer window closed. Lobotka made his debut in the Danish top flight against Brondby on August 30, 2015.
Two years later he decided to make a step forward in his career, signing a five-year contract with La Liga side Celta Vigo. Speaking of his international career, the Celta Vigo midfielder made his Slovakia debut against Austria in November2016. It has to be noted that Lobotka became the first Slovak to score at Wembley, finding the net in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against England.
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.