After maintaining their perfect record over the weekend, Napoli will welcome Lecce at Stadio Maradona on Wednesday.
The Partenopei take on southern rivals who have not experienced victory since promotion. The Partenopei are one of six teams tied on seven points at the top of the Serie A standings.
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An organized Fiorentina team, which recorded their third straight goalless draw, somewhat slowed down Napoli’s scorching start to the season as Serie A’s third round came to a close at Stadio Artemio Franchi under the lights.
Despite starting a number of recently acquired attacking players, Luciano Spalletti’s team failed to break through after scoring nine goals in each of their first two games against Verona and Monza.
However, the signings of Giovanni Simeone and Giacomo Raspadori to a front line that was already strong should pay off in the long run, and they will be a terrifying opponent for Lecce to face in midweek.
Napoli returns to its Campanian base, where they scored at an average of nearly two goals per game last season and defeated Monza by four goals on their most recent excursion, despite their goal scoring streak of 15 straight away games having come to a stop.
While the hosts on Wednesday have historically had the advantage, the last time the two teams played in Serie A, back in February 2020, Lecce came out on top, triumphing 3-2 in Naples.
Spalletti’s dreams of eventually winning the Scudetto would be dashed by such a result this time, and with games against Lazio and Liverpool coming up in the next few days, Napoli would want to take care of business at home against less formidable opponents.
Lecce welcomed Empoli to Stadio Via del Mare on Sunday in search of their first point of their Serie A comeback campaign. Despite falling behind 1-0 to their Tuscan rivals, Lecce was able to fight back for a 1-1 draw.
Gabriel Strefezza’s goal in the 40th minute tied the game and gave Marco Baroni’s team their first point of the 2022–23 season. The team had been trailing by one goal at the half.
The Puglian team has at least registered a point despite losing to Inter on the opening day and being edged out by Sassuolo. However, with only two goals so far, they may need to increase their attacking zeal.
It appears that the long battle to return to the second tier is all that remains after last season’s Serie B champions lost to Cittadella in the Coppa Italia semifinals at the beginning of August. However, a recent addition has given the Giallorossi faithful renewed hope.
World Cup champion After completing his loan transfer from Barcelona last week, Samuel Umtiti was hailed as a hero and moved to tears by the fervor of the Lecce supporters. The Frenchman, who started the match on the bench against Empoli, might be needed in the back four at Stadio Maradona given the hosts’ abundant possibilities in the final third.
Lecce has demonstrated resilience in the face of pressure and hasn’t lost by more than one goal, despite their lack of points. A new-look XI may take some time to gel if Napoli choose to rotate their resources, but their class in the final third should suffice.
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