Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After playing with Strasbourg mid-week in an outstanding game, Reims is hosting Lille at the Auguste-Delaune Stadium on Sunday. Right now, Reims is 14 points behind Lille but with a game in hand. Should they win against Strasbourg and beat Lille on Sunday, they will be just seven points off second place in the table. Apart from the leaders Paris Saint-Germain, Reims are the only unbeaten side in the league in the last six matches.
Three wins and three draws were enough to remain in sixth place, level on points with St Etienne in fifth place. In fact, they haven’t lost in the league for the last 13 games. Last defeat was at the start of December last year, when they lost to Toulouse. Coincidentally, it was the same team that kicked them out of the French Cup in January. Lille are on an eleven-game unbeaten run away from home since the end of last November. The visitors have a much better offensive and defensive record which should be enough to prevail in this encounter.
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.