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Lecce vs Empoli Predictions

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Lecce
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Under 2.5 Match Goals

Reason for tip

Each of Empoli’s last five competitive outings have contained under 2.5 goals and they are yet to find the net in Serie A this season, while Lecce have seen a maximum of three goals netted in six of their last eight contests.

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Empoli 1-0

Reason for tip

Empoli have beaten Atalanta and Fiorentina in their last seven league outings, showing their ability to compete at this level. No Serie A team has averaged less possession or created fewer expected goals (xG) than Lecce across the opening two matchdays.

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Lecce vs Empoli Predictions

  • Six of the last eight matches to feature Lecce have contained under 2.5 goals.
  • Under 2.5 goals have been scored in each of Empoli’s last five competitive matches.
  • Neither side look worth backing for a victory after each endured three-match winless runs at the outset of the campaign.

Out-of-form sides meet

Lecce gave a decent account of themselves when going down 2-1 to Inter on their Serie A return, but will have been disappointed with last week’s 1-0 reverse at Sassuolo, which made it just two wins from their last six competitive outings. Meanwhile, although last week’s draw with Fiorentina should be regarded as a positive by Empoli, they have won just two of their 23 games in 2022 ahead of Sunday’s contest.

Both Lecce and Empoli have failed to win their opening two Serie A games after exiting the Coppa Italia to lower-league opponents, and a lack of goals is a key reason. Six of the last eight matches played by Marco Baroni’s hosts have contained under 2.5 goals, and no team in the competition has averaged less possession (35.5 per cent) or created fewer expected goals (1.0 xG) across the first two matchdays.

Empoli, meanwhile, are without a league goal this term, and only five sides in Serie A have attempted fewer shots or shots on target than Paolo Zanetti’s men, with the former Venezia boss still instilling his preferred style. Empoli have now seen five consecutive games contain fewer than three goals, winning once during that run.

Likely strugglers could cancel one another out

Lecce and Empoli are both considered among the sides likely to be embroiled in a relegation battle this term, potentially making Sunday’s result crucial. With that in mind, and considering the poor attacking returns of both outfits, we’re backing under 2.5 goals to be scored in their contest.

Meanwhile, a 1-0 victory for Empoli could represent a decent correct score prediction – they’ve beaten Napoli and Atalanta in their last seven competitive games, so are capable of surviving at this level once things click for Zanetti.


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