A very long day expects Genoa and Lecce tifosi ahead of their past games of this year, which kick off Monday in 4:45am (AEST).
The 2 groups are separated by only one point with 90 minutes to proceed. Genoa has 36 points, Lecce 35. Genoa has won the previous match between both and the first leg has been attracted, so in the event both will finish on identical points, Lecce will be relegated.
The 2 groups come to the last match on contrary moods. While Lecce scored an impressive come-from-behind win over the road versus Udinese, Genoa was trashed 5-0 in Modena by Sassuolo, hence squandering a healthier four-point lead in their rivals.
Genoa isn’t new to these sort of dramatic year’s finale. Just last season that they lived a similar play: a struggle at space from Empoli. In their lengthy history, the oldest football club Italy has fought for survival in the previous match of Serie A a record 12 occasions, escaping relegation on eight events.
Lecce, encouraged last season to Serie A, has come to be the normal yo-yo group, dance between the tiers on a standard basis in the past 20 years, using a remarkable resurgence in the ash of forced relegation into a non-professional league because of a betting scandal.
In 2012 Genoa and Lecce battled the exact same fight. Lecce was three points behind Genoa along with also the Rossoblù escaped relegation due to a 2-0 win at home versus Palermo and Chievo beating Lecce 1-0 in the home.
Genoa’s trainer, Davide Nicola, has also already won a similar duel in the previous match of this season. In 2017, when he had been on the helm in Crotone, his group conquered Lazio 3-1 in the previous match and condemned Empoli into relegation.
Both staff will perform at home. Genoa will confront Hellas Verona, Lecce will host Parma. Verona and Parma have their honor at stake, being out of any potential European place rather than fighting anything.
As usual speculations are large. Verona’s head coach is former Genoa captain and mentor Ivan Juric, a much loved figure in Genoa from the lovers, but that left on bad terms with president Enrico Preziosi.
On the other side Parma is a very long time ally of Genoa’s cross town rivals Sampdoria. The two groups have played in kits including other’s team colors to demonstrate the friendship between the group out of Emilia along with the group from Genoa’s suburbs.
With both groups being included before with dodgy deals in the conclusion of the year: Genoa missed advertising to Serie A because of a match fixing scandal at 2005, Lecce were relegated into non-professional football because of a betting scandal at 2012.
The enthusiastic tifosi of both groups is going to be the ones to overlook, together with stadiums still closed to audiences in Italy. The chants will be observed only in the bars or personal houses. It is difficult to anticipate social distancing is going to be held in one of those 2 cities on a hot Italian Sunday night.