Lille vs Caen
2017/18 French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 20th August 2017
Kick off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Lille will be hoping to bounce back after a shocking 3-0 defeat to the league’s newcomers Strasbourg last weekend.
Les Dogues will have a fantastic opportunity for something like that as they host the struggling Caen side in the third round of the competition this Sunday at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
The famous Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa got off to the best possible start in his Ligue 1 debut two weeks ago when Lille dispatched Nantes 3-0 in front of their fans.
Just when everyone expected the team to back up the fine display in the second round against Strasbourg (who have previously conceded four goals on the road to Lyon), a painful 3-0 defeat came to ruin the atmosphere at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Luckily for Les Dogues, Caen’s attacking line should not represent too big of a threat as the visitors are yet to score their first goal of the season.
Last weekend’s home loss to saint-Etienne marked the four-loss streak for Patrice Garande’s men.
Lille vs Caen: Head to head
Lille have been super dominant in the history of head to head meetings with Caen having won as many as 20 of 28 previous matches against the team from Normandy.
Believe it or not, Lille have won each of their last 13 head to head meetings with Caen (one on penalties) which combined with the visitors’ poor form in the final third gives us no other option but to back the home win as the top betting call here.
Lille vs Caen: Prediction
The home win has to be our number one bet here, but the braver punters can also try with Lille to keep a clean sheet at 5/4 or Lille to win by two or more gaols at much more attractive 8/5 odds.
Lille vs Caen: Bet Tips
The first bet is Lille to keep a clean sheet at 5/4 @ Bet365.
You can also take Lille -1.5 handicap at 8/5 @ Boyle.