Lille vs Saint-Etienne
France – Ligue 1
Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Kick-off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d’Ascq).
The runners-up of last season were in for a disappointing result in their last clash on the road which saw them succumb to a 1-0 scoreline against Amiens. The hosts failed to show any conviction in that matchup and were also a man down for the most part of the game, with Soumare getting a straight red in the opening forty-five minutes.
Saint-Etienne, on the other hand, avoided a defeat in their last match-up against Brest at home and managed to hold their foes to a 1-1 draw at the last blast of the whistle. The squad have not lost so far in their new campaign and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run of form when they take on Lille this week.
However, Lille have been a force to reckon with on home soil and are likely contenders to bounce back from their dismal defeat on the road to take all three points in this one.
Lille vs Saint-Etienne Head to head (h2h)
- Two out of their last three matches have seen Lille emerge victoriously.
- Their previous encounter saw Saint-Etienne lose by a 1-0 scorecard.
- Both teams have kept a clean sheet apiece in their last five meetings.
- Lille have scored four goals against this foe from their previous clashes, while Saint-Etienne have responded with just one.
Lille vs Saint-Etienne Prediction
The home team have parted ways with Nicolas Pepe, the top scorer for them last season, and his presence was certainly missed upfront in their last trip on the road. However, it needs saying that the squad put on a match-winning worthy performance against Nantes in their opener, and with home advantage back in the fray for them, they could well go back to winning ways on Wednesday.
Additionally, Lille have not lost any of their last six home games in the domestic league and have also been securing the bragging rights over the visitors for two matches in the running at this venue as well.
Although Saint-Etienne have got off to a good start, the chances of a win for them against Lille especially on the road are definitely looking bleak.
Five out of the last seven fixtures between the two teams here have been low scoring ones. Considering that both the teams have been showing signs of promise in their respective defensive thirds as well, expect Lille to edge it past the hosts with under 2.5 goals on the scorecards.
Lille vs Saint-Etienne Betting tips
Full time result: Lille @ 2.20 (6/5)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.80 (4/5).