Lille controlled the game against Metz last round, but somehow lost all points (Metz won 3-2). With 15 minutes to go Lille were leading 2-1, but the referee awarded Metz two penalties and Lille ended up empty handed.
Important midfielder Boufal missed because of an injury, but most probably Lille will be forced to learn how to play without him, since they received a couple of important transfer offers.
The offensive phase looked better than last season, with skilled fullbacks Palmieri and Corchia advancing frequently, and with Portuguese forwards Eder and Lopes extremely active. Lopes scored both goals and the partnership with Eder seem to be productive.
Lille will have to do without midfielder Obaddi who suffered an injury last round. Most probably his place will be taken by newly arrived Sankhare, a powerful and reliable player.
Dijon fell right into Nantes’ trap last round. Nantes let Dijon take control of the game and invited them to attack. Since the offensive strength is at a reduced level, Dijon had to bring more players to the attacking phase, leaving an open path for opponents.
It will be a difficult season for Dijon, especially since they have limited experience at this level, and will take some time to accommodate with the rythm.
Their most important players are central midfielders Balmont and Martin, who arrived from Lille this summer, and couldn’t be of much help to Lille last season.
Martin missed last round due to an injury, and at the moment there are no updates regarding his condition.
A one sided encounter is foreseen, and if there won’t be two penalties against them (like last round), Lille should register a comfortable victory. LILLE -0.75 at 1.88
UPDATE: Lille will have to do without defender Basa, midfielders Obaddi and Boufal, and forwards Lopes and Tallo. Dijon will once again miss Martin and Moutou. Same bet
Lille : Enyeama, Maignan – Corchia, Civelli, Sunzu, Soumaoro, Pavard, Palmieri, Béria – Mavuba, Amadou, Bauthéac, M.Amalfitano, Y.Sankharé – Benzia, Mendes, Eder, De Préville
Dijon: Leroy, Reynet – Abdelhamid, Bernard, Chafik, Loties, Rüfli, Varrault R.Amalfitano, Bahamboula, Balmont, Gastien, Lees-Melou, Marié, Sammaritano – Bela, Rivière, Tavares