Serie A / Inter Milan vs Lecce – The last match of the Serie A first round puts together two teams that have totally different ambitions. Inter hopes to do better than the 4th place that it won last year and dreams about the title race. Lecce was promoted to the Serie A this season and logically their only objective is to stay in it. Lecce easily won in the Coppa Italia, and the two teams met the last time in 2012 when Lecce won at home 1-0.
Game Inter Milan vs Lecce begins 26.08.2019 at 20:45 CET
It is the beginning of season from which Inter expects a lot. It will play in the Champions League, while in the Serie A they want to make a breakthrough and join the title race after being too far behind Juventus in previous seasons. Inter managed to qualify for the Champions League and it was their ultimate reach. They brought several interesting new players with whom they may play better. Some players are left; Perisic moved to Bayern and Nainggolan to Cagliari.
Barella and Sensi are new midfielders, right back Lazaro will certainly strengthened the defence, while the forward R. Lukaku is the most famous name they brought. He was in good shape in the preparatory period and together with Martinez will make Inter’s striking duo. It is possible that new manager Conte will insist on formation with three stoppers. Problem at the beginning of season is injury of experienced Godin, who is also one of bigger names they brought this summer and with whom the defence will be definitely less leaky.
Probable lineups Inter Milan: S. Handanović – D'Ambrosio, de Vrij, Skriniar – Candreva, Sensi, Brozovic, Barella, Asamoah – L. Martinez, R. Lukaku
Lecce has finally managed to return to the Serie A after seven-year long absence during which they even got relegated to the Italian third division. They are here now and logically the only objective is to stay in the strongest Italian league, which will be very difficult to achieve. Lecce has the smallest budget in the league and its team is estimated to worth the least, but temperamental southerners will not surrender till the very end. Playing at home should be their strong side, just like it was in the second divsion last year when they were marching toward the Serie A.
Good start of the season was victory in the Copa Italia over Salernitano by even 4-0. They took a lead very early and then finished the job in the second half. Borrowed Genoa’s forward Lapadula had scored two goals and confirmed that he is right now Lecce’s best striker. They brought several new players but none of them is a big star who could come handy to manager Liverani. It is good that injuries avoid them at the beginning of season. Compared to the Coppa Italia match right now starters could be stopper Rossettini, midfielder Shakhov and forward Farias.
Probable lineups Lecce: Gabriel – Rispoli, Rossettini, Lucioni, Calderoni – Petriccione, Tachtsidis, Shakhov – Falco – Farias, Lapadula
Betting Pick: Inter Milan vs Lecce
Since they harbour grand ambitions this year then Inter players should dominate match with new Serie A member and triumph by sound goal difference. Lecce is back to the Serie A but Inter is too strong to do anything, which is why we forecast sound victory of the home team.
Pick: Asian handicap -1.5 Inter
Odds: 1.72 at bet365 (down to 1.62 can be played)
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