AC Milan will make the trip to Southern Italy this Saturday to face U.S Lecce in the 18th round of the 2022)23 Serie A season.
Venue: Stadio Via del Mare (Lecce)
Lecce are unbeaten in their last five Serie A games (W3, D2).
The hosts have lost just two Serie A fixtures at home this season (W2, D4).
They have kept two clean sheets in their last four league games.
AC Milan have kept one clean sheet in their last six games.
They have scored 33 league goals this season. Only Napoli (39) and Inter Milan (37) have scored more.
Head to head
AC Milan are unbeaten in their last eight league games against Lecce (W5, D3).
Latest performances in all competitions
AC Milan: L-D-W-L-L
Lecce will host AC Milan at the Stadio Via del Mare looking to continue their impressive run of form.
The hosts have enjoyed a remarkable run of games as they have not tasted defeat in their last five games (W3, D2).
Their most recent 0-0 draw with Spezia saw them keep their second clean sheet in the last four games. That result has put them in eleventh position, a whopping ten points ahead of the relegation zone.
The target will now be for them to maintain their momentum and keep themselves closer to the top than the bottom. Having beaten Lazio and Atalanta within their last five games, they will fancy their chances here.
Possible Lecce starting line-up
Wladimiro Falcone, Valentin Gendrey, Samuel Umtiti, Federico Baschirotto, Antonino Gallo, Joan Gonzàlez, Alexis Blin, Youssef Maleh, Gabriel Strefezza, Lorenzo Colombo, Di Francesco.
AC Milan’s new year blues continued last time as they were kicked out of the Coppa Italia by Torino.
The result was the latest in a series of poor results that has seen Stefano Pioli’s men drop from second place in Serie A to third place ahead of this round.
They will make the wrong trip to northern Italy, looking to end that sorry state of form and get their floundering season back into shape. Given that they have five wins in their last seven games against Lecce (D2), they have history on their side.
But whether that will play any role in how results here remains to be seen. Milan have scored 33 goals this term, so goals should come for the visitors, who will truly test this Lecce defence.
Possible AC Milan starting line-up
C. Anton Tatarusanu, Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez, Ismaël Bennacer, Tommaso Pobega, Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Díaz, Rafael Leão, Olivier Giroud.
Injured: Allesandro Florenzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mike Maignan, Divock Origi
Doubtful: Simon Kjaer, Rade Krunic, Ante Rebic
Lecce 1-1 AC Milan