Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After holding Montpellier to a goalless draw, Reims will look to return to winning ways when they face Lille on Matchday 33. Les Rouges et Blancs failed to win the previous four league fixtures, but despite their poor run of results, the hosts are on the right track to secure the Ligue 1 survival. Morocco international Yunis Abdelhamid is back from suspension, while all Anastasios Donis, Hugo Ekitike, and El Bilal Toure are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Les Dogues, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Lens. Lille are eyeing a spot in European competitions, and seeing that they want this win more than Reims, away win should be considered. Burak Yilmaz is back from suspension, while all Hatem Ben Arfa, Ivo Grbic, and Sven Botman should miss out through injuries. In the first half of the season Lille defeated Reims 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Moussa Doumbia):
A Malian midfielder Moussa Doumbia has been with Russian side FK Rostov since 2014. The 22-year-old powerful midfielder started his career with Real Bamako in 2012. Doumbia spent two years playing for the Scorpions in the Malien Premiere Division, the top rank in the country. Russian side recognised his talent and made a transfer in 2014 tying Moussa Doumbia on a four-year deal.
During two seasons with Russian Premier League outfit, Doumbia was involved in 31 league matches. In 2015-16 season he contributed to his club’s runners-up finish with two goals of his own. Full-time Mali international made his national team debut in 2014 in a 3-1 victory over China in Shenzen.
His most recent international appearances occurred in September during an empathic 5-2 win over Benin in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Doumbia went on to score his team’s fifth goal with eleven minutes on the clock rounding off an impressive performance.
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.