High flying Lille welcomes PSG on Sunday night at Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in the pick of Ligue 1 fixtures this weekend.
Lille have made a very strong start to this season’s Ligue 1 campaign, with 8 wins from the opening 14 league games that has them perched at the top of the division with 32 points, one clear of PSG who are in second place. They have also qualified for the Round of 16 in the Europa League after dominating a group that had household names like Italian giants AC Milan and Scottish Champions Celtics.
Coach Chris Galtier has got this team that is full of up and coming youngsters to play a beautiful brand of attacking football. Their strong showing saw him receiving the Manager of the Month Award for November.
Lille are undefeated at home this season with six wins and a couple of draws from the 8 league games and they will be looking to keep extend that streak. This match presents a glorious opportunity for the coach to assess their title aspirations for this season.
PSG’s quest to continue their dominance of French football appears to be heading into very strong wins. Although they are still in second place and just a point off the hosts, some of their performances this season have raised eyebrows about their capacity to defend their Ligue 1 crown. They have failed to win five if their 14 league games so far this season, losing 4 of them, which by their standards is disastrous.
One of those losses came last weekend in the derby against Lyon which they lost 1-0 to a Kadewere goal in the 35th minute of the match. They could not muster a response despite the visitors ending the game with 10 men.
Even worse for them Neymar got injured in that game and he joins a long list of PSG players on the treatment table. They nevertheless bounced back from that loss with 2-0 home win over Lorient on Wednesday and German tactician Thomas Tuchel will look to build on that but it will be a daunting task in Lille.
This is a tight game to call. Lille have been solid at home where they feasted on most of their points. PSG though, despite the extensive injury list, are still a threat to any team as they have depth in their squad that other teams can only dream of. They still have Mbappe, Di Maria and new kid Moise Kean who are all good enough to unlock any defence. This game is shaping up to be an end to end affair that should present scoring chances either way. For our first betting prediction, we are backing both teams to score @ 1.64 with 1xBet.
Lille have proven to all and sundry that they are worth their salt with terrific performances across all competitions. They have turned the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium into an absolute fortress this season. Given PSG’s recent struggles and Lille’s terrific form coming into this game, particularly in their backyard, we are picking Lille to win this game on the double chance @ 1.98 with 1xBet betting app as our final betting tip for this game.
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