Lecce have no margin for error as they entertain Parma at the Stadio Via del Mare, knowing a defeat will send them back to Serie B.
A hard-fought 2-1 comeback success against Udinese at the midweek threw Lecce last lifeline, as they enter the season finale one point behind 17th-placed Genoa.
Despite winning two of their previous three Serie A home fixtures (L1), it will be a challenging prospect for the ‘Giallorossi‘ to wrap up three points here.
Indeed, Lecce have failed to beat Parma in each of their last ten top-flight H2Hs held at this venue (D5, L5), with their latest win in such clashes dating back to 1991.
Curiously, though, the Via del Mare has been a venue of entertainment lately, as all seven of Lecce’s previous league matches here have seen over 2.5 goals and both teams on the scoresheet (W3, L4).
The outcome of this encounter won’t change much for the visitors, who are destined for a mid-table finish following a tumultuous league campaign.
Notably, all 11 of Parma’s Serie A fixtures since the restart have featured over 2.5 goals and both teams scoring. Interestingly, the ‘Crusaders’ have lost seven of those 11 matches despite finding the opening goal in ten (W3)!
Also, all five of Parma’s previous Serie A trips have featured goals in both halves, with four producing at least one goal on or beyond the 75-minute mark.
Each of their last seven top-flight H2H meetings held in Lecce saw both sides hit the net, which is pretty much in line with this ‘goal-friendly’ tendency of Roberto D’Aversa’s team.
In different circumstances, Lecce would hardly be a 53/100 (1.53) favorite to win here, but Bet365 back the home side to beat unpredictable visitors.