For a team which has set the Champions League places as the minimum target for the season, two defeats from the first two games is not a good sign.
This weekend’s home game against Angers is important for Lille, if not a season-defining game, for any result other than all 3 points, could leave them with a significant ground to make in the race for the Champions League places.
But it’s not going to be an easy game as Angers come into this match with two consecutive wins, and have all the reasons to feel optimistic about their chances.
The Ligue 1 match will be played between Lille and Angers at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Lille, France. The ground has a capacity of 50,186.
The game will start at 10:30 PM (IST), on Friday, September 13.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Lille – L L W L W L
Angers – L L W L W W
Lille Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Here is Lille’s squad for the match:
Lille Probable XI:
Maignan (GK), Tiago Djaló, Gabriel, Bradarić, Çelik, Thiago Maia / Renato Sanches, Soumaré, André, Ikoné, Bamba, Osimhen
Angers FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Angers’ squad for the match:
Angers Probable XI:
Butelle (GK), Aït Nouri, Thomas, Traoré, Manceau, Mangani, Pajot, Capelle, Santamaría, Melali, Alioui
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Victor Osimhen: Won Lille’s player of the month award following some impressive display in the first month. The 20-year-old Nigerian came off the bench in Lille’s 2nd league game of the season and scored twice.
Jonathan Bamba: He was on the scoresheet in the last home game. However, the goals are not the only contribution, for he is a great passer and can set the tempo of the game with his aggression and intelligent runs on the wings.
Nanitamo Ikone: Lille’s young no-10 is surely a star for the future. But he is a regular in the team and which shows how highly he is being ranked by the club and the manager.
Strength and attributes:
Farid El Melali: Can play either as a winger or as a forward in the false nine. Already up and running for the season with a fine striker in the last game, the 22-year-old will be a threat all day long.
More options from Angers:
ANG vs LIL Dream11 potential winner:
Lille have a 100% home record and will start the match as favorites.