Second-placed LOSC Lille will be playing host to leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 action at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Lille, Hauts-de-France, on Sunday night (IST).
What competition it is? Ligue 1
Teams: Lille OSC and Paris Saint-Germain
Kick Off: Monday 15 April
Match Timing: 12:30 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Stade Pierre-Mauroy (50,157
The table shows that this is a fixture between the first versus the second. Indeed, it is. But it’s nothing more than that. There are hardly any stakes on this match. If there is any, it can wait for one more week. Because the end result is fixed now.
PSG are leading the table and will travel for this particular game. The stakes we were talking about was the league itself. For the Parisians can clinch the glory with either a draw or a win here at the ground of their closest rival. Even if they lose, the visitors, they can win the title, the next week, or the following week. Only formalities remain now. There is no life in Ligue 1.
Again, calling Lille PSG’s closest rival is an illusion for the fans, and neutrals alike. Because the Les Dogues have been anything but the challenger. Right from the start of the campaign, there was only one team which was going to win the Ligue 1, and it was the mighty, the rich and the supremely talented Paris-Saint Germain.
But Lille should be praised, nonetheless. Not through the PSG thing, but by the virtue of their current position on the table. If there was an award or a trophy for the most improved team in Ligue 1, Lille would have won it easily, while PSG would have come last. No doubt about that.
For the simple reason, that Lille are 2nd on the table, five points above 3rd placed Lyon. While last season, they flirted with the relegation all season and survived the drop by a whisker.
So from 17th to 2nd, in a matter of a season, indeed it’s been some jump. They may not be winning the Ligue 1, but securing the Champions League football will be no mean feat. And they should.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Lille OSC – D W W L W D
Paris Saint-Germain – L W W W W D
PSG vs LIL Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Lille OSC vs Paris Saint-Germain Team News:
Injured – The hosts will be missing Jeremy Pied through injury.
Suspended – Rafael Leao is suspended.
Questionable – None.
Note: Expect Loic Remy to lead the line for Lille in the absence of suspended Rafael Leao. Manager Christophe Galtier is not expected to make changes to the side which drew 1-1 against Stade Reims, save for the absence of Rafael Leao.
Key Players – Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Bamba
Injured – Neymar and Edinson Cavani both have returned to the training ground, but expect the duo to remain out of the matchday squad for the next few weeks.
Suspended – Midfielder Adrien Rabiot is frozen out of the first team and won’t be featuring in any PSG game till the end of the season. He is expected to leave the team on a free transfer.
Questionable – Meanwhile, Angel di Maria, Marquinhos and Thomas Meunier are all carrying knocks and will be assessed.
Note: With the game giving PSG a chance to clinch the Ligue 1, expect Kylian Mbappe to start here.
In addition, manager Thomas Tuchel will be serving a one-game ban after being sent to the stand last weekend.
Key Players – Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti
PSG vs LIL Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Lille OSC– Marignan (GK), Kone, Soumaoro, Fonte, Celik, Mendes, Xeka, Pepe, Ikone, Bamba, Remy
Paris Saint-Germain– Buffon (GK), Kehrer, Silva, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Paredes, Verratti, Alves, Choupo-Moting, Kylian Mbappe
PSG vs LIL Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
PSG are on a 7-game winning streak against Lille heading into this match. They have also avoided defeat in 21 of their last 22 away games in Ligue 1.
We back that trend to continue here.