Lille controlled the game against Strasbourg last round, but looked very vulnerable in the defensive phase. They also had major difficulties creating dangerous opportunities and the winner arrived late in extra time (won 2-1).
Since coach Galtier arrived they improved in comparison to the first part of the season, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.
Lille have plenty of skilled players available and there is only the problem of motivating them and finding the best formula. For example, last round Lille afforded to start with Benzia, EL Ghazi and Araujo on the bench (all of them are valuable players).
PSG easily won all points last round against Montpellier (finished 4-0). All forwards are in excellent form and scored a goal each last round.
They had a bit more problems in the Coupe de la Ligue game away at Rennes, especially after Mbappe got a red card with about half an hour to go. Opponents scored twice in the final 10 minutes, but PSG still qualified for the final (won 3-2).
Tiredness may soon accumulate at PSG, as they are playing midweek games since the season resumed. Games in Coupe de France and Champions League will follow in the next two weeks, so we shouldn’t be surprised if coach Emery will rotate a bit.
Hosts will be without defenders Malcuit, Soumaoro and forward Benzia, while guests will miss midfielders Draxler, Rabiot, Motta and forward Mbappe.
PSG of course deserve to be favorites and they are also in good form, but odds are incredibly low and a victory is still 3 points no matter the goal difference.
Lille: Maignan, Koffi – Alonso, Ié, Ballo-Touré, Dabila, Mendyl – Mendes, Maia, Amadou, Soumaré, Bahlouli, Bissouma – Ponce, Pépé, Araujo, El Ghazi, Faraj
PSG: Trapp, Areola – Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nsoki, Alves, Meunier, Berchiche, Kurzawa – Verratti, Lo Celso, Pastore, Nkunku, Diarra – Neymar, Di Maria, Cavani