- Juventus welcome 18th place Lecce to Allianz Stadium on Friday
- The Old Lady will be looking to increase their gap in first place over Lazio, who lost a nailbiter to Atalanta on Wednesday
- Get the full odds, preview, and best bet below
Juve will host Lecce on Friday, June 26th, kick-off at 3:45 PM EST at Allianz Stadium in Turin. Maurizio Sarri’s side returned to league football in fine fashion on Monday, beating Bologna 2-0 behind goals from Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lecce on the other hand were thrashed by AC Milan earlier in the week on home soil and could go right back down to Serie B after just one season in the top-flight if they don’t put together some positive results quickly.
Despite Juventus having 68-percent of the possession in their last meeting against Lecce earlier in the season, the Serie A newcomers managed to pull out a point in a 1-1 draw.
Juventus vs Lecce Matchday 28 Odds
|Juventus||-2,-2.5 (-111)||-714||Ov 3.5 (-106)|
|Lecce||+2,+2.5 (-109)||+1400||Un 3.5 (-114)|
Odds taken June 25
Can Juve Pull Away from Lazio?
Juventus are looking to capture their ninth consecutive Serie A title this year, but it hasn’t been an easy road by any means with Lazio and Inter Milan posing a serious threat at times. Atalanta’s come-back victory over second-place Lazio on Wednesday proved to be a crucial result for Juventus as well, giving them a four-point cushion over Simone Inzaghi’s men. Now, Juve has the opportunity to pull even further ahead of Lazio if they can take away three points against Lecce. A clash with Ciro Immobile and co. in July will be a very important one which could have implications for who wins it all this term.
Juve’s next three fixtures are against teams in the bottom half of the table, so the possibility of taking away nine points is very realistic. Lazio should have no issue getting results out of their next few matches as well. With that being said, Juventus must bring their best, or else it could result in a smaller gap at the top.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just once in three matches since returning to action, but the Portuguese forward still has 22 domestic goals for the year. He’s always an important figure in the final third for Sarri and he will surely be a contributing factor if they want to lift yet another Scudetto.
Lecce Looking to Steer Clear of Relegation
As of right now, Lecce is tied with Genoa for the last relegation spot on 25 points. Getting a result on the road in Turin will be no easy task, but even a point would help Fabio Liverani’s squad. Four of their remaining ten fixtures are against sides in the top half, but after coming up to Serie A at the beginning of this season, Lecce will be very determined to stay up for another year.
They’ve conceded the most goals of any team in Italy’s top-flight, letting in over two goals per match. They’ve been slightly better in the final third though, netting 35 times in 27 appearances. Lecce has flirted with relegation all year long because of their vulnerability at the back, but if they can somehow muster up results over their next handful of fixtures, the reality of another year in Serie A could become present.
Key Stats, Injuries
Juventus has been in exhilarating form on home soil, going undefeated in their last 34 league matches at Allianz Stadium. Lecce’s struggles in their own end continue to haunt them, conceding at least four goals in their last three Serie A appearances. They’ve also lost their last three matches, dating back to before the pandemic. Juve has scored a minimum of two goals in their last seven home matches.
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For Maurizio Sarri’s men, they will be without Danilo due to a red card against Bologna. Alex Sandro, Mattia De Sciglio, and Sami Khedira will all be absent because of injuries. Blaise Matuidi is expected to start at left-back in place of Danilo. Welshman Aaron Ramsey is set to feature in the starting XI on Friday night as well.
Lecce will be missing four players as well due to injuries. Diego Farias, Alessandro Deiola, Antonin Barak, and Cristian Dell’Orco will all miss this clash against Juve.
Juventus vs Lecce Stats
|21-3-3 (1st in Serie A)||Standing||6-7-14 (18th in Serie A)|
|4-0-1||Form in last five matches||2-0-3|
Although Lecce was able to pull out a draw in their last meeting with Juventus, It’s hard to imagine that will happen again in Turin given Juve’s form at home. With an electric attack consisting of Ronaldo and Dybala, it’s going to be a daunting task for Lecce’s backline to keep these two quiet in the final third. Juve is a safe bet here with a convincing victory on home soil by two or three goals a likely result.
Pick: Juventus -2,-2.5 (-111)