It was a balanced game between Lille and Angers last week and only set pieces made the difference (Angers won 2-0).
Lille’s defenders were very hesitant and didn’t do their job properly when defending against set pieces. Upfront things weren’t any better as Lille lacked inventivity and struggled to get inside opponents’ penalty box.
It is really difficult for Lille without best player Boufal. Martin is the one trying to take over Boufal’s responsibilities, but the problem is Martin can’t even successfully fulfill his own tasks, let alone those of someone else.
Lille will have to do without central defender Civelli and midfielder Boufal who are both suspended.
It’s not often we see St Etienne scoring 3 goals in Ligue1 (happened only once before), especially when one of the two regular forwards is out injured, and the other one only on the bench.
St Etienne won 3-0 over Guingamp last week after a game they mildly dominated, but nevertheless a game in which opponents also had their share of chances.
Coach Galtier started with young Maupay upfront, leaving Roux only on the bench. To be honest it didn’t make much of a difference as the most important players for the offensive phase were once again attacking midfielders.
St Etienne will miss central defender Bayal Sall who is suspended.
Lille’s situation is pretty serious as they are now third from the bottom. It will once again be difficult for them without Boufal, but they may compensate through hard efforts and determination. St Etienne are definitely in a better moment, but can’t be fully trusted due to the lack of a valuable striker.
UPDATE: St Etienne welcome back defender Pogba after injury
Lille: Enyeama, Maignan – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Pavard, Soumaoro, Sunzu, Y.Koné – Mavuba, Balmont, I.Amadou, M.Martin, Bauthéac, S.Meïté, Yeboah – Benzia, B.Guillaume, Nangis, Tallo
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Polomat, F.Pogba, Brison, L.Perrin, Clerc, Assou-Ekotto, Karamoko – Pajot, Clément, Cohade, Eysseric, Suljic – Roux, Maupay, J.Bamba, Hamouma, Monnet-Paquet