Udinese vs Lecce Preview

Udinese vs Lecce Preview


Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin is looking for an immediate response to his side's first defeat in six weeks against Lecce.
Guidolin's men head into Sunday's home match against Lecce on the back of a 1-0 loss at Catania that ended a six-game unbeaten run.
"Against Catania we lacked the incisive cutting edge that we had shown in our previous games," said Guidolin.
"It's a defeat that burns but we have an opportunity to bounce back immediately.
"We will be without three key players on Sunday but we have enough talent to overcome those absences."
Giampiero Pinzi and Giovanni Pasquale will serve a one-match ban on Sunday while Cristian Zapata is out of action through injury.
The good news for Guidolin is that Italy international Antonio Di Natale has recovered from a thigh injury that saw him miss the game at Catania.
Di Natale will lead Udinese's attack alongside Floro Flores.
Lecce travel to the Friuli Stadium in buoyant mood after holding Inter Milan to a 1-1 draw in midweek.
"My team never showed any fear," said Lecce coach Luigi De Canio.
"My players displayed character, heart and determination and were rewarded for their efforts."
Di Canio expects more of the same on Sunday if Lecce are to end their winless run on the road this season.
Lecce have scored just one goal in their last three games while Udinese have conceded three times in their last seven matches.
Lecce , who are two points behind 12th-place Udinese, have picked up just one point away from home so far.


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