Poor effort from Lille last round away at Bastia (lost 2-1). Lille opened the score early in the game but slowly gave up initiative and didn’t had the power to resist to incoming danger.
Lille easily go from one extreme to another. One round they make extraordinary efforts and surprise everyone through their dedication and the next round they are soft and easily outplayed.
It is simply impossible to anticipate their level of determination anymore. What’s for sure is that play-maker Lopes is the only one struggling to create decent opportunities and putting opponents in difficulty. Newly arrived midfielder Boufal is a total letdown but coach Girard continues to trust him and Boufal has a guaranteed place in the lineup.
Ever since Hazard left for Chelsea a couple of season ago Lille have been struggling in the offensive phase. But at least the defense was strong and compensated for the lack of attacking power. Things have changed now as there are more spaces available for opponents to exploit and defenders are softer than ever.
Lille will welcome back fullback Sidibe after suspension.
Although they won 1-0 Lyon failed to impress last round against Nantes. Especially the first half was very balanced and opponents missed a few good opportunities. In the second part of the game Lyon became more aggressive and found the net eventually but it was far from a convincing performance.
In defense there were large spaces between defenders and only opponents’ crippled offense is to be thanked for the clean sheet.
Regardless last results and performances Lyon are in good form at the moment but are by no means invincible. If Lille will enter the field determined (like they do once in a while…) they will easily keep at least 1 point at home.
UPDATE: Lille will have to do without defender Rozenhal who suffered an injury. Guests’ fullback Jallet is in the squad but is doubtful and his presence is not certain.
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Béria, Corchia, D.Sidibé, Basa, Kjaer – Mavuba, I.Gueye, Balmont, Ad.Traoré, Delaplace, Boufal, S.Meïté – Roux, Origi, Koubemba, Diaby, R.Mendes
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, B.Koné, Rose, Bedimo, M.Dabo – Tolisso, Gonalons, Ferri, Malbranque, Y.Gourcuff, Ghezzal, Fekir – Njie, M.Yattara, Lacazette