PREVIEW: U.S. LECCE - CHIEVO VERONA
SCOTT PETERSON - Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Serie A wraps up the first half of the season this weekend, and Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona will be looking to end on a high note as they head south to take on U.S. Lecce.
Bradley is set to line up again in Mimmo di Carlo's starting 11 as the head coach is not giving any indication that he will be tinkering with his squad. The only absence for the Veronans is Peruvian midfielder Rinaldo Cruzado, who is battling with the flu.
Chievo currently sits in 9th place with 23 points after getting a victory last week at home against Palermo.
Lecce, on the other hand, is locked in a relegation struggle that figures to continue until the final matchday.
They just left last place last week for the first time all season as they knocked of Fiorentina to move past Novara on goal difference.
This game figures to be a classic relegation struggle with defensive teamwork and hustle on display and little in the way of goals as the two teams that have struggled immensely to find the back of the net.
Kickoff is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Stadio Via Del Mare in Lecce.