Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
All eyes will be on Stade Louis II when Monaco and Lille square off against each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Monaco are eager to keep their Champions League hopes alive and they have no other choice but to go all-out attack in Sunday’s clash. With no fresh injury worries to report, Philippe Clement is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Angers. Both Wissam Ben Yedder and Guillermo Maripan are banned for the match.
Les Dogues, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Reims and seeing that this has to go down as a must-win game for Monaco, home triumph should be considered. Both Gabriel Gudmundsson and Adam Ounas are out of contention with injuries for the visiting side, while USA forward Timothy Weah is pushing for a start after coming as a substitute in the last league match.
Highlighted Player (Wissam Ben Yedder):
Wissam Ben Yedder was born in Sarcelles, France on 12 August, 1990, but he has yet to make his France debut at senior level. The 170-cm-tall striker, though, played three games for France U21 team and he made two appearances for France Futsal team as well.
Ben Yedder began his club career at UJA Alfortville and he moved to Toulouse in 2010. After scoring 63 goals in 156 league appearances for les Pitchouns, the pacey attacker joined La Liga side Sevilla on 30 July, 2016. Wissam Ben Yedder made his Sevilla debut on 14 August, 2016 in a 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. The former Toulouse forward scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight in Sevilla’s 6-4 win over Espanyol in the opening match of the 2016/2017 season.
Ben Yedder started his youth career at Garges-les-Gonesse and he played for the Saint-Denis at the start of his football career as well. You should bear in mind that Ben Yedder is Toulouse’s best scorer of the 21st century.
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.