Juventus welcomes Lecce to the Allianz Stadium on June 26, 2020, in a battle of two clubs going to opposite directions.
Juventus is currently on top of the Serie A table with 66 points. They have won each of the last eight Scudettos but haven’t been as dominant this year. The defending champions are four points ahead of second-place Lazio with one fewer game played and lead Inter Milan by nine points. On the other hand, Lecce is trying to extend its stay in the Serie A. They are sitting in 18th place with 26 points and are in the relegation zone. However, they are still very much alive in the race as they are tied on points with 17th place Genoa and are just two points behind Sampdoria.
Serie A table-toppers Juventus has 66 points from 21 wins, 3 draws, and 3 losses for a total of 66 points. They are currently four points ahead of their closest pursuer Lazio as they look to win a 9th straight Italian Serie A title and improve their current record of 35 Scudettos. Juventus entered the restart coming off a defeat via penalties at the Coppa Italia, but they bounced back by beating Bologna last Monday in their first game back.
Juventus controlled 53% of ball possession and made 84% of the correct passes against Bologna. They also had two shots on goal and three corner kicks awarded. Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala scored goals in the first half to give Juventus a 2-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo leads Juventus with a total of 22 goals scored this season. Paulo Dybala is the team’s second-leading goal scorer with eight goals on the year while Gonzalo Higuain has five goals for the defending champions. Rodrigo Betancur leads the team with six assists while Dybala and Higuain have four assists each.
Juventus is the second-best defensive team in the Serie A with a total of 24 goals conceded this season. They are ranked 3rd in Italy with a total of 52 goals scored this term. Juventus has 33 assists this year which is 4th best in the Serie A. Their goal difference of +28 is also third-best in the league.
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Lecce is currently in the relegation zone right now with only 25 points earned from 6 wins, 7 draws, and 14 losses. Despite being in 18th place, Lecce still has a chance to extend their stay in the Serie A as they are tied with 17th place Genoa and are just two points behind 16th place Sampdoria.
This team restarted their season with a 1-4 home defeat at the hands of AC Milan. They only had 38% of ball possession, one shot on goal, five corner kicks, and made 84% of the correct passes. In the match, Lecce forced a 1-1 tie in the 54th minute before AC Milan scored three goals to earn the three points.
Marco Mancosu leads Lecce with a total of nine goals on the year. Gianluca Lapadula has netted seven times while Filippo Falco has scored thrice this term. Jacopo Petricione leads the team with a total of four assists this season while Riccardo Samponara has three assists with one goal.
Lecce is the worst defensive team in Italy with a league-worst 60 goals allowed this term. They are ranked 11th in the Serie A with a total of 35 goals scored this year. Juve ranks 13th in passing with a total of 19 assists on the season. Their goal difference of -25 is tied for 18th in the Serie A.
Mario Sarri was disappointed after Juventus fell against his former side at the Coppa Italia. However, that is water under the bridge now and his focus is winning his first Scudetto and Juve’s ninth straight title conquest. Juve has taken 37 out of 39 points at the Allianz Stadium with Sassuolo as the only team to leave the venue with a point.
Juventus is the best home club in the Italian Serie A with an unbeaten home record of 12-1-0 and a total of 37 points. Meanwhile, Lecce is the 8th worst road club in Italy with a record of 4-1-8 and 14 points. These teams have played in a total of 36 head to head matches and Juventus has dominated this matchup with a record of 24-8-4. However, Lecce was able to force a 1-1 draw against Juventus during their reverse fixture earlier this season.
Losing the Coppa Italia final to Lazio was a disappointment for Juventus.but the season goes on and they must remain focused if they want to hold off Lazio and defend their title. While Juventus is still on top of the team standings, they are not as dominant as they were in the past. Lecce is one of the bottom teams in Serie A and they are currently in danger of losing their spot in the top flight next season. Although they still have enough games to climb out of the relegation zone, they will have to play better defense. Lecce will be without Farias, Dell’Orco, Barak, and Deriola in this contest.
Juventus has not lost to Lecce in their last six home matches while Lecce has dropped its last three games played. I don’t see how Lecce can win this game, not with the kind of defense that they have displayed this season.
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Lecce’s defense has been criminally bad this season. They are the worst defensive team in Italy this season. They have conceded a total of 15 goals in their last three matches and have yielded an average of 3.4 goals against the Top 6 teams in the table this season. Meanwhile, Juventus has conceded only 10 goals in 13 home matches in the Serie A this season. I like Juventus to cover the spread here.
Prediction: Juventus -2