After two consecutive Ligue1 defeats Lille bounced back with a convincing win in the Cup (5-1 against Bordeuaux) and a draw away at Marseille (1-1).
Last week it was a bit unfair for Lille to be equalized late in extra time, especially after all the efforts they made in the defensive phase.
Coach Antonetti has no less than 7 offensive players available (Boufal, Benzia, Bautheac, Rony Lopes, Guillaume, Nangis, Amalfitano) but unfortunately only Boufal can constantly perform at impressive standards, while all the others are only mediocre in skills.
Lille can’t keep possession for long in opponents’ half, and this is the main reason why they are only 15 in the table
Solid performance from Caen last round against Nice (won 2-0). Caen made constant efforts for the entire 90 minutes and never took the foot off the gas.
Forwards Delort and Rodelin scored once again, just like two weeks ago, and by now they bursting with confidence and can create dangerous opportunities when nobody expects it.
Defensive-wise Caen were surprisingly strong, especially since they used a new couple of defensive midfielders. Diomande just arrived from St Etienne and Makengo is a 17 years old player raised at Caen.
This should be an extremely balanced encounter played mostly in midfield. Odds are a bit surprising as Caen deserve more respect. If you must place a bet on this game you know where the value is.
UPDATE: Lille’s striker Eder who joined from Swansea could make his first appearance. Caen welcome back fullback Imorou who missed last round.
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Civelli, Sunzu, Soumaoro, Pavard – Mavuba, Balmont, Obbadi, M.Amalfitano, Amadou, Bauthéac, R.Lopes, Boufal – Benzia, Guillaume, Eder
Caen: Vercoutre, Reulet – D.Appiah, Ben Youssef, Adéoti, Imorou, Alhadhur – Diomandé, Seube, Makengo, Leborgne, Féret, Nkololo – Bessat, Delort, Rodelin, Ntibazonkiza, Louis