Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lille play host to Brest at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy on day 9 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Dogues aim to climb to the Europa League berth and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at les Pirates. Angel Gomes misses out through suspension, while fellow midfielder Edon Zhegrova is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Brest, on the other hand, aim to stay in the Champions League berth and given their five-game unbeaten run in the French top flight, we predict that the visitors are going to hold Lille to a draw. Keep in mind, though, that both Mahdi Camara (midfielder) and Lilian Brassier (defender) are banned for the visiting team. Eric Roy has no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip to Hauts-de-France. In their last meeting at the venue Lille defeated Brest 2-1.
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 (Brest):
Founded in 1950, Brest (Stade Brestois) are a French football club that compete in the Ligue 1. La Team Pirate welcome their opponents at Stade Francis-Le Ble, the venue which was opened back in 1922. The capacity of the stadium is 15,931, but on August 8, 1986 21,619 watched the game between Brest and Olympique Marseille.
The club’s home colours are red and white, with the team wearing black kit when playing on the travels. Brest’s third kit is white. La Team Pirate, who made it to the French Cup on two occasions (1982/83 and 2014/15), have rivalries with fellow clubs from Bretagne: Rennes, Lorient, Nantes, Guingamp and Vannes.
The likes of Bernard Lama Stephane Guivarch, Paul le Guen, David Ginola and Frank Ribbery are the most notable footballers who played for the club. Bayern Munchen legend Frank Ribery scored 3 goals in 35 appearances for Brest in the national championship.