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Lille vs Aston Villa Predictions, Tips and Odds: Villans to reach Europa Conference League semi-finals

Lille vs Aston Villa Predictions, Tips and Odds: Villans to reach Europa Conference League semi-finals

Aston Villa will be hoping to reach the Europa Conference League semi-finals this week when they travel to Lille. The Villans haven’t been in the final four of a major European tournament since winning the European Cup in 1982.

Lille vs Aston Villa predictions

Lille vs Aston Villa: Predictions

Bet Prediction Bookmaker odds
BTTS? Yes 8/13 by Betfred
Correct Score Lille 1-1 Aston Villa 6/1 by Star Sports
First Goalscorer Ollie Watkins 5/1 by Midnite

The stats behind our Lille vs Aston Villa predictions:

  • Both teams have scored in each of Lille’s past six games across all competitions.
  • Aston Villa have failed to win any of their three away games against French sides in European competitions.
  • Ollie Watkins has scored in four of his last five Europa Conference League appearances.

Villa rediscover winning touch at the perfect time

While no one expected Villa to genuinely challenge for the title, their falling away from the top three did bring some cause for concern. Would they be able to steady the ship, especially after going through a period of struggle at Villa Park? Well, the top four race appears to be back in their control and they are also in a good position to reach a European semi-final.

That’s thanks to back-to-back wins across both competitions. It started with the 2-1 win over Lille in the first leg last week, ending a run of two games without victory and just two wins from seven across all competitions. And then, at the weekend, Villa travelled to the Emirates and left with a 2-0 win over Arsenal, handing Unai Emery’s former club a real blow in their title hopes.

While Villa were at the Emirates, Lille had a free weekend, with their league game against Monaco postponed as the LFP looked to bolster their European chances with a rest (also giving PSG and Marseille the weekend off). But the question is, will that give them the upper hand over Villa?

The defeat at Villa Park last week brought to an end Lille’s seven-game unbeaten run across all competitions since a 3-1 defeat to Toulouse in the league. That run saw them beat Sturm Graz in the Europa Conference League last 16 as well as secure league wins over Reims, Lens and Marseille to bolster their top three hopes.

Lille vs Aston Villa match tip

John McGinn to score or assist @ 2/1 by Sky Bet

Lille found it tough to stop John McGinn in the first leg last week. The Scottish midfielder set up Ollie Watkins for Villa’s opener before making it 2-0, putting his side in firm control. With three goals and three assists, McGinn has the most direct goal contributions among all Aston Villa players in the Europa Conference League this season.

Lille vs Aston Villa odds


*Odds correct as of 15:15 on April 16. 18+ only. BeGambleAware

Although Aston Villa take a lead into this game, they aren’t favourites to win the second leg. That’s because odds usually favour the home side in European knockout ties — and the fact that Villa have failed to win any of their three away games against French sides in European competitions. However, Aston Villa are odds-on favourites to qualify from this tie, which is what matters to them.

Lille vs Aston Villa team news

Lille team news

In  Out Doubtful
Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti will miss this game through injury, and he is Lille’s only absentee with Angel Gomes returning in the first leg.

Top Scorer: Yusuf Yazici (4)

Card Magnet: Nabil Bentaleb (3)

Assist Ace: Remy Cabella (3)

Aston Villa team news

In Out Doubtful
Boubacar Kamara, Emiliano Buendia, Tyrone Mings, Jacob Ramsey

Aston Villa remain without long-term absentees Boubacar Kamara, Tyrone Mings, Jacob Ramsey and Emiliano Buendia for their trip to Lille.

Top Scorer: Ollie Watkins (4)

Card Magnet: Nicolo Zaniolo (3)

Assist Ace: Douglas Luiz (4)

How to watch Lille vs Aston Villa Live

Aston Villa’s trip to Lille will be broadcast live on TNT Sports 3 at 5:45pm on Thursday 18th April.

Lille vs Aston Villa head-to-head

  • 11 April 2024 – Aston Villa 2-1 Lille – Europa Conference League
  • 7 August 2002 – Aston Villa 0-2 Lille – Intertoto Cup
  • 31 July 2002 – Lille 1-1 Aston Villa – Intertoto Cup

Last week’s first leg ended a 22-year wait for a meeting between these two sides, with Lille beating Aston Villa in the Intertoto Cup in 2002.

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