Lille vs Reims
French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 9 December 2018
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK / 17:00 CET
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d’Ascq).
Lille climbed up to the sky-high second place in the Ligue 1 ladder after beating third-placed Montpellier in mid-week’s derby at Stade de la Mosson. Right winger Nicolas Pepe bagged his landmark 10th goal of the campaign to make all the difference between the two sides on Tuesday night. Les Dogues thus bounced back from a streak of four consecutive games without a victory.
They will have a nice chance to make it back-to-back wins on Sunday evening when they play host to Reims at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. The visitors found goals hard to come by of late. They failed to find the back of the net in last two league outings against Marseille (0-0 at Velodrome) and Toulouse (0-1 at home).
Lille vs Reims: Head-to-head
Teams have five wins each coming into their 12th head to head meeting.
Lille won four and lost two of six home matches against Les Rouges et Blanc.
It’s been two years since these two sides last played each other in an official match, though.
They both clinched home wins to nil on the occasion (2015/16 Ligue 1 season).
Lille vs Reims: Prediction
Reims generally overwhelmed their pre-season expectations in the maiden top flight campaign since the mentioned 2015/16 season. They are 11th team in the league table and are currently on a fair distance from the red zone in spite of claiming only one point in past two rounds.
They play very tight and defensive-minded football under David Guion. They generally have troubles with the efficiency in the final third, especially when they play away from Stade Auguste-Delaune II. Reims scored only five goals in eight away fixtures this season.
They will be up against a team which only conceded five goals in eight home ties this term. Lille have been impeccable at Stade Pierre-Mauroy where they won six and drew two of eight so far in the season. The home win to nil is the way to go.
Lille vs Reims: Bet Tips
FT – Lille to win @ 1.72 (8/11)
Lille to keep a clean sheet @ 2.00 (1/1).