Besides losing three important points, St Etienne also lost both fullbacks last week, as they will be suspended for the final round in Ligue1.
This is an important game that will decide who will qualify directly in Europa League, without waiting for PSG to win Coupe de France.
St Etienne have been very disappointing in the last two rounds, and their best player has been keeper Ruffier. Central defender Perrin will return from injury, but the defensive strength won’t improve, since fullbacks Tabanou and Malcuit will be suspended.
April was a good month for St Etienne, with forward Roux in top form (scored 4 goals in 4 games), but it seems that players got tired and now they can’t keep up the same rythm.
Lille fully dominated last round against Guingamp, but unfortunately they couldn’t find the net and lost two important points (finished 0-0).
Lille managed to create a few important scoring opportunities, but it was obvious they are really missing creative midfielder Boufal. He is by far their best player, and a few days ago was named the best African player in Ligue1.
They do have other attacking players, but unfortunately there’s nobody else at Lille as gifted as Boufal.
Besides Boufal, guests will also miss midfielder Obbadi due to suspension.
Lille looked way better than St Etienne recently, and the value is definitely on them. Most probably Lille will once again have difficulties in finding the net, but even without Boufal they will be able to dominate and push the game forward. Lille +0.25 at 1.92
UPDATE: St Etienne will finally welcome back forward Beric after a long injury
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Théophile-Catherine, F.Pogba, L.Perrin, Assou-Ekotto, Pierre-Gabriel, Polomat – Corgnet, Clément, Cohade, Eysseric, Selnaes, Lemoine – Roux, Maupay, Hamouma, Monnet-Paquet, Beric
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Civelli, Sunzu, Soumaoro, Basa, Béria – Mavuba, Amadou, Balmont, R.Lopes, M.Amalfitano, Mbemba – Eder, Nangis, Tallo