Genoa vs. Lecce 7/19/20 Serie A Soccer Prediction and Picks
Lecce (7-8-18) at Genoa (7-9-17)
Serie A Soccer: Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 1:30 PM (Stadio Luigi Ferraris)
The Line: Genoa -125 / Draw +290 / Lecce +315 -- O/U: 3 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Genoa plays host to Lecce in Serie A soccer action from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday afternoon.
Genoa comes into this match in 17th place on 30 points with a record of 7 wins, 9 draws and 17 losses following a 3-0 loss to Torino last time out. In the loss to Torino, Genoa fell behind in the 32nd minute and the lead for Torino would hold until the Bull doubled their lead in the 76th before adding a 3rd goal for insurance in the 90th minute. All of this while Genoa had 56% possession in the game and 66% possession in the second half with two shots on goal in each 45 minute section. Goran Pandev leads Genoa in scoring with 9 goals while Domenico Criscito is right behind with 7 goals and Paolo Ghiglione has a team-high 5 assists this season. Mattia Perin is Genoa’s top goalkeeper, conceding 1.69 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 16 league appearances this season.
Lecce on the other hand, sits in 18th on 29 points with a record of 7 wins, 8 draws and 18 losses following a 3-1 loss to Fiorentina last time out. In the loss to Fiorentina, Lecce fell behind in the 6th minute but dodged a bullet when Fiorentina couldn’t score from the penalty spot just five minutes later. Fiorentina would get their second goal in the 38th and Lecce would concede a third just two minutes after that. Lecce had opportunities in the second half with two of their three shots on goal coming in the second half, with a consolation goal from Yevgeniy Skakhov in the 88th minute. In the end, it wouldn’t be enough as Lecce left the match empty-handed at full time. Marco Mancosu leads Lecce in scoring with 11 goals while Gianluca Lapaduia has 7 goals. Filippo Falco, Jacopo Petriccione and Riccardo Saponara each have a team-high 4 assists this season. Gabriel Vasconelos is Lecce’s top goalkeeper, conceding 2.23 goals per 90 minutes with two clean sheets in 29 league appearances this season.
I’ll give Lecce credit as they’re starting to figure out how to play a full 90 minutes without allowing four goals and Genoa’s been competitive in their own right lately. However, this is a huge match with relegation implications on both sides s a win could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for Lecce or could put Genoa in the drop zone and in panic mode. I’m going to go the route that neither happens, and back a draw here. I just think this is going to be a game where neither side wants to be the one that makes a mistake and is a lot of countering back and forth, but the game finishes deadlocked at full time.
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