Lille were very unlucky last round away at Lorient (lost 1-0). Forward Frey and central defender Kjaer got out injured early in the first half and diminished the overall strength. Both of them will be missing this round as well.
But sometimes you make your own luck and the performances of some players were really disappointing. Take newly arrived Boufal for example. Coach Girard let him play the entire game when players like Balmont or Lopes were waiting on the bench. But besides begging for penalties Boufal was invisible.
The only one who seem to be in good form was forward Roux. He was very active and got heavily involved in every game so far in 2015. He hasn’t scored yet this year but the goal seems to be just around the corner.
With the exception of fullback Kurzawa and striker Berbatov Monaco used all regular players in the midweek Cup game against Evian (Monaco won 2-0). Although they are getting positive results the performances in the field are not that convincing.
Monaco seem soft and in these conditions they can be easily dominated by a team with decent midfield.
Upfront they rely mostly on Bernardo Silva, but besides having good speed Silva is mediocre at his best and ends up losing easy balls. He scored last round against Nantes (Monaco won 1-0) but it was a lucky goal and not really relevant.
Despite the recent good results the atmosphere in the locker room may not be the best since rumor has it Berbatov is keen on returning to England.
Lille may suffer in defense as both regular central defenders Basa and Kjaer are out injured, but Rozenhal will be there and also midfielders will surely provide a helping hand, like they always do.
Don’t get fooled by Monaco’s recent run, the results are a bit misleading. They can easily get cornered and return home empty handed.
UPDATE: Good news for Lille as they welcome back defender Basa and forward Origi. Monaco will miss fullback Kurzawa (it seems he hasn’t fully recovered after injury)
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Béria, Corchia, Sidibé, Basa, Rozehnal, Pavard – Mavuba, Balmont, S.Meïté, Ad.Traoré, Delaplace, Boufal, Lopes – Rodelin, Roux, Origi, Koubemba
Monaco: Stekelenburg, Subasic, Sy – Ab.Diallo, Echiejile, Fabinho, B.Lopez, Raggi, Wallace – Bahamboula, Dirar, Ferreira-Carrasco, Moutinho, Ocampos, Ber.Silva, Thiam, Toulalan – Germain, A.Martial, Berbatov