Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Sunday’s football game between Olympique Lyon and Lille will bring down the curtain on day 13 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Gones are not enjoying a season to remember, but, no doubt, a hard-fought 1-0 win at Rennes gave them a confidence boost. Lyon aim to keep on climbing the standings and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Lille. Experienced forward Alexandre Lacazette is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico misses out through suspension.
Les Dogues, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Toulouse in their last league match. As Lille are not regarded as good travellers, we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing more than one point from Sunday’s derby. Benjamin Andre is banned for the away team, while both Bafode Diakite and Tiago Djalo are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain.
This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot.
Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
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.