Lille vs Saint-Etienne
French Ligue 1
Date: Friday, 13th January, 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK Time
Venue: Stade Pierre- Mauroy, Lille.
Both Lille and St Etienne advanced with no problems to the last 32 of the Coupe de France last weekend as they both won 4-1 against lower ranking opponents.
In the league Lille have been in decent form with 10 points gained from the last possible 15 and losing just one game in that time has seen the club rise to 12th position. Though the club has lost 4 home matches this season they have put together a decent run where they are now undefeated since mid-November in front of their home fans.
St Etienne are in 8th place, five points the better of Lille and their form has been very patchy with a host of losses and draws and some wins, so no consistency on their part. From 9 away games they have lost 4 of them which includes losing their last two against Rennes and Lorient, and we need to remind ourselves that Lorient are bottom of the league.
From St Etienne’s total points haul of 26 they have just 9 away from home, that’s just less than a 40% return.
Lille vs Saint-Etienne: Head to Head Stats
St Etienne has not beaten Lille in the last 12 games at Lille’s ground going back 15 years. Whilst there has been many draws between the two backing Lille on the handicap or double chance would have had a 100% success rate.
The last time the teams played here was almost two years ago where Lille won 1-0. From the last 10 fixtures Lille has 5 wins, St Etienne 3 and two draws. The last 4 games at Lille have all ended in fewer than 3 goals.
Lille vs Saint-Etienne: Prediction
The bookies have made it rather hard to go with history and back Lille with a +1 goal start or the double chance because we are looking at odds in the region of 1/4. Instead we will opt for Eder for Lille as our main bet to score. The player missed a penalty in the last league match but made amends with a goal.
Lille vs Saint-Etienne: Betting Tips
Anytime goal scorer Eder (Lille) at 11/5 (3.20).