Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Lille and Salzburg face each other in a highly-anticipated Champions League game at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the Champions League group stages round 5. Les Dogues did well to beat Sevilla on the road in their last group game, with the team climbing to second place in the standings. Lille are eager to book their spot in the knockout stages, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.
Canada international David, who scored a brace in a 2-2 draw with Monaco, will be the man to watch in the home team, whilst all Bamba, Botman, Jardim, Sanches, and Gudmundsson are out of contention with injuries. The Red Bulls, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in a goalless draw with Admira at the weekend, and seeing that the Austrian champions failed to impress in a 2-1 loss at Wolfsburg, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The likes of Junuzovic, Koita, Okoh, Piatkowski, and Vallci are injured for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan Bamba):
After spending his youth career at CS Paris-Charenton, UJA AlfortVille and Saint-Etienne, Jonathan Bamba started playing for Saint-Etienne II at senior level. In 2015 he was given a chance to prove his worth with the first team and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 42 appearances for les Verts in Ligue 1.
Following his loan spells with Paris, Sint-Truiden and Angers, Jonathan Bamba joined Lille in the summer of 2018. The pacey winger born in Alfortville (France) on March 26, 1996, has been playing for les Dogues ever since, but he has yet to earn a cap for the French national team. Nonetheless, Jonathan Bamba has 12 caps with France U21 in which he scored four goals for les Tricolores.
Jonathan Bamba’s main position is left winger, but he is used as a centre-forward as well. The French footballer, whose preferred foot is right, has a contract with Lille until June 30, 2023.
Highlighted Team (Salzburg):
Salzburg are a professional football club that compete in Austrian Bundesliga. The club’s main sponsors are Red Bull and, as a result, they are well known under the name of the Red Bulls. The club was founded on 13 September, 1933 and they won their first Austrian Bundesliga trophy in 1994.
Salzburg quickly established themselves as the dominant force in the national championship and they are the most successful Austrian club in the 21st century. It has to be noted that they won their tenth Austrian Premier League trophy in 2016, finishing the season nine points clear of second-placed Rapid Wien.
The Red Bulls welcome their rivals at Red Bull Arena, the stadium that was opened on 8 March, 2008. The capacity of the venue is 31 895. Salzburg participated in the 1993/1994 UEFA Cup final, but Italian side proved to be a big catch for the Austrian outfit. Inter recorded a 2-0 win over Salzburg in the final (on aggregate).