A little while ago, I posted a relatively flippant entry about Lecce’s nervousness this season according to the distance they had to travel for games. At that point, the Giallorossi had a 100% home record which, of course, disappeared as soon as I posted. However, the crux of that post remains relatively accurate. Lecce is, in deepest brightest Puglia, a long way from everywhere, and every team they play this season. I make their closest game Trapani, which is at the other end of Sicily. It cannot be an easy time to be an away fan – the bright spot being that Lecce have been doing very very well, and the potential of the derby against Bari recurring next year (even though it was a derby against Bari that sent Lecce down this far) is a distinct possibility.
I’ve divided Lecce’s game up, then, into three bands. Those played 0-500km away (or ‘home’ games, as they all are), those between 500-1000km (9 of them), and those over 1000km away (7). Given that this weekend’s game is the second furthest away of the season, with AlbinoLeffe sitting 1064km in Bergamo, this season, there’s a worrying tale to tell.
Here’s the distance travelled v. PPG graph for the season overall – the yellow line is the number of games. I used, unsurprisingly, the grounds each team used for Lecce’s visit, so there’s a few that aren’t in the city their name might suggest
I don’t know how Trapani will get on in Cremona, but the evidence points to Lecce getting a maximum of a point in Bergamo. Sadly, that might not be enough for them.