Gazelec Ajaccio have failed to score in the last three rounds, and in these conditions it’s no surprise to see them having relegation woes.
Veteran forward Pujol returned after a long injury, but unfortunately there was no improvement in Ajaccio’s offensive play.
Ajaccio are also a bit unlucky to have a tough schedule, with games against Lille, Lyon and PSG, so they should at least try to make the most of the home advantage. Direct competitors Toulouse are in good form, and Ajaccio are slowly, but surely, losing ground in the fight to avoid relegation.
Hosts have no other options than to open up and try to find the net.
Lille is the most in-form Ligue1 side, with 6 consecutive wins and convincing performances in all those games. They have improved considerably recently and even when key midfielder Boufal missed, they still clearly dominated and easily took all points.
Forward Eder scored again last week, confirming the good form, same as winger Amalfitano who found the net for the second time since arriving at Lille.
This is by far the best moment of the season for Lille, and there are no signs they will decrease efforts, on the contrary, all players seem to have achieved full potential.
Gazelec Ajaccio will be forced to attack, as relegation is a sure thing if they aren’t scoring any goals. If hosts will open up, it will be a formality for Lille to take all points. Lille -0.25 at 2.00
UPDATE: Hosts will once again miss midfielder Ducourtioux and defender Coeff, but welcome back Kader Mangane after injury. Lille will again defender Civelli (suspended).
GAZELEC AJACCio : Maury, Goda – Ala, Touré, Mangane, Filippi, Bréchet, Sylla, Martinez – Poggi, Le Moigne, Djokovic, Larbi – Boutaïb, Mayi, Tshibumbu, Zoua, Chermiti, Pujol
Lille: Vincent Enyeama, Steeve Elana – Sébastien Corchia, Djibril Sidibé, Adama Soumaoro, Benjamin Pavard, Stoppila Sunzu, Youssouf Koné – Rio Mavuba, Florent Balmont, Mounir Obbadi, Ibrahim Amadou, Morgan Amalfitano, Rony Lopes, Sofiane Boufal, Nolan Mbemba – Yassine Benzia, Junior Tallo, Eder