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    Serie-A News: Prediction: Lecce – Fiorentina – Football News

    Verdict: Fiorentina win.

    Best odds: 11/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    The two teams battling at the Serie A table, Fiorentina will travel to the Via del Mare stadium on Monday night, where they will face Lecce.

    Lecce

    Let’s start with the hosts, although Lecce may have celebrated their return to Serie A in the summer, it looks like the Giallorossi are doomed for relegation this time around. While Marco Baroni’s team may have been last seen on October 9 when they put on a stern show at the Stadio Olimpico, the former Cremonese boss saw his team suffer a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Roma. Despite Lecce picking up a much-needed 2-1 win away to Salernitana ahead of the international break in September, this is the only victory Lecce have taken since the start of the 2022/23 campaign. Relegated from the Coppa Italia in August after a shocking 3-2 loss to Serie B side Cittadella, Baroni will have a growing headache over his team’s rather egregious defensive problems. The Giallorossi has still not managed to collect a clean sheet in any competition this season and will face a serious test on Monday night.

    Team news

    Sent off in the first half away to Roma last week, Lecce will be left here without Morten Uhlmand as the 23-year-old serves out his suspension.

    While Kristoffer Askildsen appears to have survived his hip injury, the Norwegian midfielder is expected to start on the bench.

    Fiorentina

    As for the away side, while Fiorentina could have gone on another Conference League routine a few days ago, it doesn’t cover what has so far been a national concern this year. Vincenzo Italiano’s team, last seen in Serie A losing 4-0 at home to Lazio, have struggled to match the same level they set last season. Battling near the bottom of the table and winning just one of their eight previous top division competitions, a streak that dates back to the opening weekend, Viola is desperate to gain momentum on Monday night. After all, having won a 5-1 home game against Scottish Hearts in a European match, fans from across the Artemio Franchi Stadium will want to see a similar display here. It must be emphasized that with a 3-1 win when they last traveled to the Via del Mare stadium in July 2020, Fiorentina should feel a chance away.

    Team news

    Fiorentina have confirmed that long-time absentee Gaetano Castrovilli will again miss the match on Monday night.

    Just like Sofyan Amrabat, who is serving a suspension here, 23-year-old Riccardo Sottil will also not go to Lecce.

    Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two teams last met at the Via del Mare stadium in July 2020, Fiorentina were victorious 3-1.
    • However, Monday’s guests managed to win only one victory in any of the previous eight Serie A matches.
    • Similarly, Lecce have only won once in Serie A since the start of the 2022/23 season.
    • The Giallorossi saw each of their first five home matches end with both teams scoring.
    • Three of Fiorentina’s last four matches in all away competitions have had over 2.5 goals scored by the final whistle.

    Conclusion

    Having managed to garner much-needed European momentum a few days ago when they beat Hearts 5-1 on home soil, Fiorentina will look to build on that momentum in their Serie A form. The 2022/23 Purples may have had some troubling domestic issues, Monday’s visitors should smell a chance here. Faced with a side from Lecce that have won just one Serie A victory since their return to the top flight in the summer, Italiano’s team should also be excited about their latest trip to the Via del Mare stadium. With a 3-1 win as they went relegated in July 2020, we’re backing a similar away win here.

    Verdict: Fiorentina win.

    Best odds: 11/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

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