Lille vs Lorient: prediction for the Ligue 1 match
In the current season reigning champions of France managed to put up a satisfying performance only in the Champions League, team finished the group stage at the top spot. In the last round Lille beat Wolfsburg and advanced into the playoffs. Team is now eliminated from the French Cup - after a victory over Auxerre (3:1) Dogs were beaten by Lens in the second round.
After 20 rounds of Ligue 1 Jocelyn Gourvennec's men have seven victories and eight draws, which brought 29 points and a 10th spot in the standings. After a victory over Bordeaux (3:2) The Red-Blues drew to Marseille (1:1).
Andre, Weah, Jardim and Pied won't feature for Lille.
Lorient are not looking great in the current season. Seaside club got off to an unsuccessful start in the French Cup, team suffered a narrow defeat to Rennes (0:1) in the first round. After 20 rounds of Ligue 1 Christophe Pelissier's team have only three victories and eight draws, which brought 17 points and an 18th spot in the standings.
After a string of defeats Les Merlus got two draws - against PSG (1:1) and Angers (0:0). We should note that team has a devastating offensive record - only 15 goals were scored so far.
Bourles, Diarra, Lemoine, Loric, Morel and Ouattara won't feature in the match.
This bet played in 3 out of 5 most recent matches of Lorient
In 2 out of 4 most recent head-to-head matches teams scored in each of the halves
Lille won 2 out of 3 most recent head-to-head matches
Opponents are nowhere near each other on class and they have different objectives in the league. Visitors have serious problems with their performance and they are desperately trying to avoid relegation. Current champion still has a chance for European competitions spot, but team has no margin for error, so they need a victory. We don't think that visitors will overcome the difference on class - Lille should be able to get a confident victory.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1) on Lille
We think that visitors will try to contain the hosts' offense in an attempt to keep a 0:0 score. Hosts desperately need a win in this game. We think that the outcome will be decided by no more than one or two goals, because both teams have problems with creating chances.
Our second bet is on total under 2,5 goals