Lecce vs Napoli lineups, 3 predictions – Will Osimhen start amid racism storm?

Lecce vs Napoli lineups, 3 predictions – Will Osimhen start amid racism storm?
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All roads lead to Via del Mare as Lecce vs Napoli lock horns in a Serie A match on Sunday, 30 September 2023.

The defending champions will look to pick two straight wins in the league in recent times amidst the Victor Osimhen saga that still trends in the football world.

Nigerian striker Osimhen is expected to start despite the current situation around him and the club who released an official statement concerning the unwanted TikTok video days ago.

Ahead of the game, both teams have 11 points and are fifth and sixth respectively on the Serie A table. Will it be business as usual for Napoli at the Via del Mare on Sunday afternoon?

Players in action during Lecce vs Napoli Serie A game
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Lecce vs Napoli probable lineups

This is how we think both teams will line up in this Serie A match:

Lecce

Goalkeeper: Wladimiro Falcone
Defenders: Lorenzo Venuti, Marin Pongracic, Federico Baschirotto, Patrick Dorgu.
Midfielders: Alexis Blin, Ylber Ramadani, Remi Oudin.
Forwards: Pontus Almqvist, Nikola Krstovic, Gabriel Strefezza

Napoli

Goalkeeper: Alex Meret
Defenders: Mario Rui, Natan, Leo Ostigard, Giovanni Di Lorenzo.
Midfielders: Piotr Zielinski, Stanislav Lobotka, Frank Anguissa.
Forwards: Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, Victor Osimhen, Matteo Politano

Lecce vs Napoli confirmed lineups

Lecce

Lecce
4-3-3
30
Wladimiro Falcone
it
17
Valentin Gendrey
fr
5
Marin Pongracic
hr
6
Federico Baschirotto
it
25
Antonino Gallo
it
8
Hamza Rafia
tn
20
Ylber Ramadani
al
29
Alexis Blin
fr
7
Pontus Almqvist
se
9
Nikola Krstovic
me
27
Gabriel Strefezza
br
Substitutes
16
Joan Gonzalez
es
21
Federico Brancolini
it
45
Rares Catalin Burnete
ro
10
Remi Oudin
fr
59
Ahmed Touba
dz
19
Marcin Listkowski
pl
24
Jeppe Corfitzen
dk
12
Lorenzo Venuti
it
40
Jasper Samooja
fi
13
Patrick Dorgu
dk
91
Roberto Piccoli
it
11
Nicola Sansone
it
18
Medon Berisha
al

Napoli

Napoli
4-3-3
1
Alex Meret
it
22
Giovanni Di Lorenzo
it
55
Leo Ostigard
no
3
Natan
br
17
Mathias Olivera
uy
99
Andre Zambo Anguissa
cm
68
Stanislav Lobotka
sk
20
Piotr Zielinski
pl
29
Jesper Lindstrom
dk
18
Giovanni Simeone
ar
77
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
ge
Substitutes
16
Hubert Idasiak
pl
21
Matteo Politano
it
50
Luigi D'Avino
it
59
Alessandro Zanoli
it
14
Nikita Contini
it
6
Mario Rui
pt
9
Victor Osimhen
ng
7
Eljif Elmas
mk
70
Gianluca Gaetano
it
24
Jens-Lys Cajuste
se
81
Giacomo Raspadori
it
23
Alessio Zerbin
it
4
Diego Demme
de

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Lecce vs Napoli predictions

This fixture has been an interesting one for Lecce fans who have fond memories of their team's resolve in recent clashes away from home with the Partenopei. Read our predictions for the match below.

Prediction 1: Napoli to win

Granted, things have not been at their best for Napoli since the start of the season; they've picked up three wins, two draws and one loss in six Serie A games. By comparison, Lecce have similar records as Rudi Garcia's side but have not taken anything in this fixture in their last two home games against Napoli. We expect this record to continue on Sunday afternoon.

Zielinski in action during Lecce vs Napoli Serie A game
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Prediction 2: Both Teams to Score

There have been five meetings between these sides since 2019 which all ended in both teams scoring affairs. We'll like to mention that three of Lecce's six Serie A games so far have produced goals on both ends, while four of Napoli's six matches in the league have also seen goals at both ends. These stats point towards a likelihood of this game ending with both teams scoring.

Prediction 3: Over 2.5 total goals

Even though only two of Lecce's league games this season have gone over 2.5 goal line, we're backing this encounter to still end on a high-scoring note. This is because Rudi Garcia's men have been involved in at least three goals skirmishes in two of the three away league games they've played this season. Also, Napoli's last three visits to Lecce have ended 1-2 , 1-2 and 1-4 respectively.

Lecce vs Napoli Head-to-Head

Both teams have only met five times since 2019; Lecce won 1, Napoli won 2, and the other game ended in a draw.

Last five results:

Italy Serie A 07/04/23

Lecce

Lecce

1
Napoli

Napoli

2

Lecce recent form

Lecce recently lost 1-0 to Juventus in Turin. But before that, they've gone unbeaten in five Serie A games.
Last five games:

Napoli recent form

The Naples outfit registered their biggest win of the season yet in the 4-1 defeat of Udinese days ago to put an end to back-to-back draws against Bologna and Genoa. Overall, Napoli have three wins, two draws and one loss in the league so far.
Last five matches:

Where to watch Lecce vs Napoli live

The Lecce vs Napoli CAF Serie A game will be available on SuperSport GOtv Football channel for fans in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

Joseph is a freelance writer who spends most of his time writing engaging football contents. Based in Nigeria, Joseph is a die-hard Real Madrid fan with over 8 years experience in the sports betting space. He has covered football match previews, predictions, and news across leagues in Africa and Europe.