AC Milan v Lecce Sun 14:00
One would find it hard to see AC Milan do anything but enhance their chances of clinching the Serie A title when they host Lecce as odds on favourites with Bet365 on Sunday at the San Siro, Milan.
I Salentini have looked very impressive in their own regard over the last month, making their way off the foot of the Italian top flight and making Serie A survival a possibility once more.
Serse Cosmi’s side have lost just twice in their last ten league outings but any points they have gained in 2012 have come from matches against bottom half clubs.
Although that’s a feat to be proud of in itself, league leaders AC Milan are bound to prove a completely different test altogether.
I Rosseneri suffered a 3-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium and despite coming precariously close to exiting the competition, gained access to the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League.
As a result, the mood in the Milan camp will be boundless and when you factor in that the side have the best home defence in the Italian top flight, it makes Lecce’s chances of coming away from the San Siro with any points all the slimmer.
That being said, Massimiliano Allegri’s team have drawn their last two home fixtures against Napoli and Juventus and while Lecce won’t pose quite the same threat, they will be hoping to extend that streak without a win even further.
With Juventus just two points behind them in second place, AC Milan will be keen to add a bigger cushion at the summit of the Serie A on Sunday, with Juve travelling to Genoa this weekend.
Even with a win, Lecce can’t climb out of the drop zone quite yet but will be hoping to continue their good form and remain in contention to stay amongst Italy’s elite.
They do have big injury problems coming in to the game however, with Grossmuller, Julio Sergio and Cuadrado all missing through injury while Cosmi, Di Michele, Tomovic and Delvecchio are suspended.
Much will depend on young Columbian starlet Murie, who has featured prominently with five goals already from midfield in Serie A this season.