Udinese vs. Lecce 7/29/20 Serie A Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
2020-07-29 13:30:00 EDT
Udinese is hosting Lecce at Dacia Arena in round 37 in Italian Serie A.
Udinese has had some good games recently, but more importantly, they have started scoring more goals as of late. Udinese is on a 2-game winning streak in Serie A during which they scored 3 goals and conceded only 1 goal. Udinese is in 13th place in the standings with 42 points, which means that their Serie A spot is secured, and the season is basically over for Udinese. In their Serie A game this past weekend, Udinese was playing against Cagliari on the road, and they had 51% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, and 86% of the correct passes. With an early goal in the 2nd minute, Udinese has won this match 0-1. Udinese hasn’t been an overly offensive team this season with only 35 scored goals, but their defense has been solid with 49 conceded goals, and that is what got Udinese out of the relegation zone. Kevin Lasagna has scored 10 goals for Udinese so far this season, while Okaka and De Paul added 7 goals each. Seko Fofana added 7 assists. Prodl, Mandragora, Jajalo, and Teodorczyk are all still injured, and they will not be playing in this match. Udinese has nothing to gain even if they win both of their last games, but it’s always nicer to end the season on a positive note.
Lecce still has a chance to get out of the relegation zone, but only if they win both of their last games, and if Genoa losses at least 1 of their games. With 32 points, Lecce is in 18th place, 4 points behind Genoa. Lecce has the worst defense in Serie A this season with massive 80 conceded goals, while their offense has been decent with 47 scored goals. Lecce has only 2 wins since the restart, which is how they bought themselves a shot at getting out of the relegation zone. Mancosu has scored decent 13 goals so far this season, while Lapadula added 9 goals. Falco has added 6 assists. Rossettini and Deiolo are injured, while Calderoni, Babacar, and Farias are still questionable. Lecce was playing against Bologna on the road in their last Serie A game, and they had 45% of ball possession, huge 10 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, and 84% of accurate passes. Lecce had a point in their pocket until the 93rd minute when Bologna scored a winning goal. Lecce has lost this match 3-2. Lecce’s Serie A future is riding on the outcome of this match, and the only victory is working in their favor. Lecce has had some good results this season, but this is clutch time and I’m not sure Lecce has what it takes to get the job done.
Udinese doesn’t need anything from this game, but Lecce does, and for that reason, Lecce must attack from the start. I expect goals on both sides in this match.