Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Gabriel Montpied will host Wednesday’s football game between Clermont and Lille, the two mid-table sides. Les Lanciers are on a five-game winless run in the Ligue 1, with the team struggling in warm-up matches as well. Both Neto Borges and Mehfi Zeffane are out of contention with injuries for Clermont, who are eyeing their fourth home win of the season.
Les Dogues, on the other hand, impressed in their last friendly, with the team rolling over Serie A leaders Napoli 4-1, and they must be high on spirits ahead of Wednesday’s showdown. A man to watch in the away side will be Canada forward Jonathan David, who is back from international duty, whilst teenage midfielder Carlos Baleba misses out through suspension. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Lille impressed in the warm-up games. Both Leny Yoro and Gabriel Gudmundsson are sidelined with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Martin):
Born in Besancon on April 9, 1990, Jonas Martin is a French footballer who plays for Strasbourg as a midfielder. Jonas Martin started his youth career at Rigny and after spending four years at the club (1997-2000) he moved to Nimes Olympique in 2000.
Four years later the playmaker joined Montpellier and he made 92 appearances for La Paillade. Martin played 64 games for Montpellier II as well and he spent the 2011/2012 season on loan at Amiens. In the summer of 2016 the French player signed a three-year contract with La Liga team Real Betis and at the end of the season he returned to France, joining Ligue 1 outfit Strasbourg.
His main position is central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder as well. Jonas Martin has one cap for France U19 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. His contract with Strasbourg expires on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season.
Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals).
Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game.
Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.