Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Lille and Celtic go head to head at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Les Dogues impressed in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, with the team rolling over Sparta Prague 4-1 on the road, and, no doubt, the hosts are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Celtic. The Ligue 1 side look sharp in front of goal, and we are positive that they will adopt yet another attack-minded approach against Celtic.
The Hoops, on the other hand, were anything but good in a 3-1 loss to Milan, and given their three-game winless run in all competitions, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the Ligue 1 side. Leigh Griffiths is pushing for a start for the visitors after scoring as a substitute in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Aberdeen at the weekend. A man to watch in the home team will be Turkey international Yusuf Yazici, who scored a hat-trick against Sparta.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin André):
Benjamin Andre is a French footballer, who began his career at Stade Raphaelois youth team. At the age of 16 Andre moved to Ajaccio and he played for the first team from 2008 to 2014. The right-footed midfielder scored 12 goals in 187 appearances in the league for the Corsican team and in the summer of 2014 he moved to fellow French club Rennes.
Andre scored his first goal for les Rouges et Noirs on January 25, 2015, in a 4-1 defeat to Caen. The French player made provided three assists for his teammates in 36 appearances for Rennes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and the club chiefs decided to extend his contract in June, 2017. His deal with the Roazhon Park outfit should expire on June 30, 2022.
Benjamin Andre, who was born in Nice on August 3, 1990, has seven caps for France U21 team. The Rennes footballer plays as a central midfielder, but he is often used as both left and right midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Celtic):
The Celtic Football Club boasts a proud over 100-year long history which has made The Bhoys a global brand thanks to their unprecedented social awareness that dates to the very beginnings of this Scottish club. Celtic was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow by raising money to help their fellow citizens.
The charity legacy continues to this day with Celtic still preserving their charitable traditions through the Celtic FC Foundation. The Celts play their home matches at Celtic Park in front of 60,000 people. One of the two most successful football clubs in Scotland with 47 Scottish League Championship titles to their name, Celtic have a long-standing fierce rivalry with Rangers, with the clubs known as the Old Firm.
European Cup winners from season 1966-67 and runners-up two years later, Celtic have been regular in European competitions since their first appearance in 1962-63. Their other most standout results have been runners-up in the EUFA Cup in 2003 and Intercontinental Cup in 1967.