Napoli will face an unusual Serie A Matchday 29 when they make the trip to face one of only two of two sides from further south than themselves – they’ll come up against Lecce down in Salento on Friday evening.
What makes the trip all the odder is that, for only the third time this season, the Partenopei are looking to bounce back from a domestic defeat – though this most recent loss was a humiliating 4-0 drubbing at home to outgoing champions AC Milan.
Napoli’s first loss of the season, away at Inter, saw them swiftly get back to winning ways by beating struggling Sampdoria 2-0 on the road, and they reacted to Lazio winning at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona by beating Atalanta 2-0 in their next outing. Lecce, then, will have to be aware of coming up against an angered beast.
Lecce vs Napoli: Predicted line-ups
Napoli were without Victor Osimhen against Milan on Matchday 28 and that will still be the case for the trip to Lecce. Although Giovanni Simeone started against Milan, Giacomo Raspadori could make his first start since recovering from injury.
Alexis Blin is suspended for Lecce but apart from that, Marco Baroni has got almost all of his squad available. The major decision for him to make is whether Lorenzo Colombo or Assan Ceesay will start in attack.
Lecce predicted XI vs Napoli (4-3-3): Falcone; Gendrey, Baschirotto, Umtiti, Gallo; Gonzalez, Hjumland, Maleh; Oudin, Ceesay, Di Francesco.
Napoli predicted XI vs Lecce (4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Kim Min-jae, Rui; Aguissa, Lobotka, Elmas; Lozano, Raspadori, Kvaratskhelia.
Lecce vs Napoli: When does the Serie A fixture start?
Lecce vs Napoli on Matchday 29 of the 2022/23 Serie A season will kick off on Friday, April 7. Kick-off time is set for 19:00 CEST – local time in Italy.
Viewers in the United Kingdom and Ireland looking to watch Serie A can find Lecce vs Napoli kicking off at 18:00 BST, and the start time for Serie A fans in the United States of America is 13:00 EDT or 10:00 PDT.
Lecce vs Napoli: Where to watch the Serie A fixture?
For fans in the United States, Lecce vs Napoli will be on Paramount+ along with other standout fixtures on Serie A Matchday 29.
Lecce vs Napoli will be shown on BT Sport 2 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.