Lille were kind of disappointing last week away at Reims, especially in the attacking phase as they had major difficulties in going forward.
Coach Renard has quite a few offensive options available but so far he failed to find the perfect formula. Midfielder Boufal remains one of the most important attacking players, followed by Sidibe, Corchia, Bautheac and Obaddi who are all gifted players with huge potential, but at the moment they are simply not clicking.
Defensively Lille are pretty solid with 3 central defenders who constantly receive help from midfielders.
Keeper Enyeama fulfilled his suspension but this time will miss due to personal reasons. The good news for Lille is that play-maker Martin recovered from injury and can make his first appearance this season.
Nantes played an excellent first half last round against PSG but couldn’t keep up the same rythm in second half. Besides the goal scored early in the game Nantes also had another 2 or 3 scoring opportunities but failed to increase the lead (PSG won 4-1).
Many of Nantes’ players are a bit young and inexperienced and got carried away by the half time result (Nantes were leading 1-0). But the benefit of young age is the clear exuberance and the will to prove themselves. Coach Der Zakarian is also full of surprises, and even if he always starts in the same formula, he often changes players and gives them different instructions every time. He is one of the few Ligue1 coaches that actually seems to read the opposition scout reports.
Nantes will welcome back forwards Sigthorsson.
Odds are rightly set as Lille are more mature and experienced, but they still need to work on the attacking phase as otherwise all their efforts are in vain.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Lille: Elana, Maignan – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Basa, Civelli, Pavard, Sunzu – S.Meïté, Mavuba, Amadou, Boufal, Obbadi, Bauthéac, Martin, Araujo – Benzia, Guillaume, Guirassy, Tallo, Nangis
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Cana, Djidji, Dubois, Kwateng, Lenjani, Moimbé, Vizcarrondo – Adryan, Bedoya, Deaux, Iloki, Rongier, Thomasson, B.Touré – Audel, Bammou, Sigthorsson