Our football match prediction:
Lille rolled over Nantes at home on the opening day of the season (3-0), but they failed to impress in a 3-0 loss to Strasbourg in their first away game of the season. Les Dogues obviously produce much better performances at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy than on the travels and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Sunday’s football match against Caen. Summer signing El Ghazi will be the man to watch in the home team, but it has to be noted that first-choice goalkeeper Maignan misses the match through suspension. Caen, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Montpellier and Saint-Etienne and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field. However, seeing that Lille are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that Marcelo Bielsa’s men will give fans a reason for celebration on Sunday evening.
Highlighted Player (Anwar el Ghazi):
Anwar El Ghazi is a product of famous Ajax football academy and it has to be noted that he scored 20 goals in 70 matches for the first team from 2014 to 2017. El Ghazi played for the likes of BVV Barendrecht, Feyenoord, Spartaan ’20 and Sparta Rotterdam during his youth career as well and, speaking of the first-team football, he moved to Ligue 1 side Lille in January 2017 for a fee of €8 million. The pacey winger scored one goal in 12 appearances for les Dogues in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign, but, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of the former Ajax starlet. Seeing that he has a dual citizenship, Anwar El Ghazi is eligible to represent both Netherlands and Morocco at senior level, but he made his debut for the Orange in a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan, with the Lille winger starting the match in a 4-3-3 formation alongside Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Memphis Depay. Anwar El Ghazi is capable of playing as a centre-forward as well and his preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Caen):
Caen are a French football club that compete in Ligue 1. Caen were founded in 1913 under the name of The Stade Malherbe Caennais and back then Stade de Venoix was the club’s home ground. Nowadays SMC play their home games at Stade Michel d’Ornano and the capacity of the venue is 20.453. Caen finished the 1991/1992 Ligue 1 campaign in fifth position in the standings, 14 points behind champions Marseille and that is considered the club’s best result in the French top flight. In 2005 Caen made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Strasbourg proved to be a big catch for Patrick Remy’s troops. The Stade Michel d’Ornano outfit play their home games in red shirts with blue stripes (vertical), while gray and black are their away colours. Nicolas Seube is the club’s most capped player and it has to be noted that he made no less than 477 appearances for SMC during his spell with the club.