Serie A preview: Juventus vs Lecce likely line-ups, team news and where to see live in India
Juventus will be looking to make their return to home in the Serie A a memorable one with a win over Lecce in the early hours of Saturday. Live coverage of the match will be available online and on TV.
The Bianconeri managed to net for the first time in normal time in three games since the season resumed in their 2-0 win against Bologna as star forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala wrote their names on the scoresheet.
Where they stand in the Serie A table
Juventus, with 66 points from 27 matches, sit top of the table with a four-point lead over Lazio, who slipped up in the title chase last week after a close loss against Atalanta.
Lecce currently sit 18th on the Serie A table with 25 points in 27 matches and will be looking to move towards the top-ten, a target which is only seven points away.
Likely starting line-ups
Juventus predicted starting XI: Wojciech Szczesny, Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs de Ligt, Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Aaron Ramsey, Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo
Lecce predicted starting XI: Gabriel, Andrea Rispoli, Luca Rossettini, Fabio Lucioni, Marco Calderoni, Jacopo Petriccione, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Marco Mancosu, Filippo Falco, Riccardo Saponara, Gianluca Lapadula
Injury updates and team news
For their return to home turf in the Serie A, Juventus will be without club hero Giorgio Chiellini who is expected to return from his injury only next week.
They will also miss the services of full-backs Alex Sandro and Mattia de Sciglio to injuries as are centre-half Merih Demiral and World Cup winner Sami Khedira while Danilo is suspended.
Lecce have a relatively smaller missing list as Alessandro Deiola, Cristian Dell’Orco, Diego Farias and Zan Majer will likely be absent from the matchday squad.
Juventus vs Lecce head-to-head
The Italian clubs have faced each other five times over the years in the Serie A, with Juventus having won twice, Lecce having won once and two other fixtures ending in draws.
In their previous meeting earlier this season in October, the sides shared the spoils 1-1 with Paulo Dybala and Marco Mancosu both putting away their respective penalties.
Players to watch out for
Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo re-opened his tally in the Serie A last time round as did his Argentine colleague Paulo Dybala. The two forwards will be key once again if the Old Lady are to maintain their four-point lead over the second-placed Lazio.
For Lecce, skipper Marco Mancosu, with nine goals from midfield is the top-scorer but he will be counting on striker Gianluca Lapadula to provide the goods against arguably their toughest opponents of the season.
Where to watch Juventus vs Lecce live
Football fans in India can catch the live broadcast of the Serie A fixture at 1.15 am on Saturday, June 27 on the Sony Ten 2 TV channel.
It will also be streamed live on Sony Sports’ digital platform, Sony LIV.