Although the game was very balanced in terms of possession, Lille didn’t had too many chances last round away at Lyon (lost 3-0). They were without a couple of important players and this was too much against in-form Lyon.
They also won’t be at full strength this round. Among the missing players are play-makers Martin and Lopes, but midfielders Mavuba, Meite and defender Kjaer should return after injury.
In the period before the international break Lille failed to impress as their offensive phase was only mediocre. The major weakness seems to be creating truly dangerous opportunities, as creativity is not exactly at high levels and nowadays Lille rely a lot on long range attempts and long balls from fullbacks.
Still, regardless this strategy, Lille are able to apply constant pressure, corner opponents and even score due to multiple attempts.
In defense they look better and few Ligue1 teams have the skills to put Lille in truly uncomfortable situations.
Awful period for Guingamp who recorded their 4th consecutive Ligue1 defeat last round against Nantes (lost 1-0). In spite the bad run, Guingamp’s playing style is improving but the delicate situation forces them to be more aggressive and neglect the defense.
The three attacking midfielders Beauvue, Marveaux and Pied are Guingamp’s major strength. Central midfielder Sankhare returned from injury last round and from now on he will participate more in the offensive phase.
In these conditions there is a possibility for Guingamp to start scoring more goals, but there is also the certainty they will be conceding more.
Guingamp are already deficient when it comes to marking opponents and understanding their intentions, and now in need of points and with attacking players in good form there is no doubt they will focus on the offensive aspect.
Guests will miss midfielder Diallo and 2nd keeper Samassa due to suspension.
The price on Lille is incredibly high. No matter the long list of absences Lille have enough power to corner Guingamp and also stand ground on counters. Lille -0.75 at 1.92
UPDATE: Lille are without Martin, Delaplace, Lopes and Mendes. Guests will miss defender Kerbrat due to injury.
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Basa, Rozehnal, Kjaer, Béria, Souaré – Balmont, I.Gueye, Mavuba, Ad.Traoré, S.Meïté – Roux, Rodelin, Origi, M.Frey
Guingamp: Guichard, Lössl – Angoua, Lévêque, Sorbon, Jacobsen, Lemaître, Baca, F.Garcia – Beauvue, T.Giresse, Sankharé, S.Marveaux, Pied, S.Yatabaré, Mathis, L.Dos Santos – Mandanne, Schwartz, Alioui