Our prediction for this Serie A match:
After suffered a 3-0 loss at Juventus, Sassuolo will look to give fans some cheer when they welcome Lecce to their Mapei Citta del Tricolore in the Serie A round 2. The Neroverdi continue life without Filip Djuricic and Gianluca Scamacca, who left the club earlier this summer, but the likes of Defrel and Berardi are surely capable of making life difficult for the opposition back-line. Midfielder Maxime Lopez is back from suspension, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The newcomers, on the other hand, were more than unfortunate not to hold Inter to a draw in their opener, with the Nerazzurri scoring the winner in the stoppage time. Lecce are not regarded as good travellers, and seeing that Sassuolo are eager to make amends for the defeat to Juve, home win should be considered. Defensive duo Alessandro Tuia – Kastriot Dermaku remains in the recovery room, speaking of the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Francesco Magnanelli):
Francesco Magnanelli is a Sassuolo midfielder, who was born on 12 November, 1984. His main position is defensive midfield, but he plays as a central midfielder as well. Magnanelli began his senior career at Gubbio and he played for the club in lower leagues from 2000 to 2002.
He was part of Chievo during the 2002/2003 season, but he did not see any game action during his spelt with the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi outfit. The Italian footballer joined Fiorentina in 2003 and he moved to Sangiovannesse one year later. After making seven league appearances for the club, Francesco Magnanelli made probably the best decision of his career when he signed a contract with Sassuolo in June 2015.
He has been playing for the Neroverdi on regular basis and he scored one goal in 34 appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. His contract with Sassuolo expires on 30 June, 2017.
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.