Just four points currently separates Lille from the Ligue 1 crown, and they can move a step closer to usurping PSG when they host St Etienne on Sunday at 8pm (UK time).
Christophe Galtier’s men have battled valiantly this season and taken full advantage of the uncertainty that surrounded the Parisian dugout mid-season, with Mauricio Pochettino succeeding Thomas Tuchel, moving to the brink of top-flight glory, but they must hold their nerve in the remaining two fixtures if they are to pull it off.
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Where to watch Lille vs St Etienne on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 3
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Scoreline prediction: Lille 1-0 St Etienne
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Lille vs St Etienne build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
It’s been exactly a decade since Lille lifted their fifth Ligue 1 crown and they are now on the cusp of replicating that feat, which would move them level with Bordeaux, Reims and the now-dissolved Roubaix on six titles. As it stands, Galtier’s men are just four points away from confirming their status as champions.
St Etienne, though, have proven a tricky customer this season, drawing with Lille in the reverse fixture back in November, as well as drawing with PSG earlier this year and beating Marseille 1-0 last time out, so when they’re at it, Claude Puel’s side can prove an exceptionally frustrating opponent to face.
- Lille (vs Lens): Maignan; Celik, Fonte, Botman, Mandava; Xeka, Soumare, Araujo, Bamba; David, Yilmaz.
- St Etienne (vs Marseille): Green; Debuchy, Moukoudi*, Cisse, Trauco; Nordin, Camara, Neyou, Bouanga; Abi, Khazri.
Galtier welcomes back Benjamin Andre from suspension and the midfielder could slot back into the centre of the pitch in place of Xeka. For the visitors meanwhile, Cologne loanee Anthony Modeste remains out of action, while centre-back Harold Moukoudi went off injured in the first half against Marseille and could miss the rest of the season.
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Players to watch:
- Lille: Burak Yilmaz, 35, has rolled back the years and proven the catalyst in Les Dogues‘ push for Ligue 1 supremacy, particularly over the last few weeks, with the veteran Turkey international scoring six goals across his last five games, including an absolute rocket in the 3-0 win over Lens last time out. The left-footed deadlock-breaker was a finish straight out of the top drawer and struck with such conviction that it left Jean-Louis Leca rooted to the spot. That finish was the apotheosis in what has been a simply incredible campaign for the seasoned sharpshooter, netting 15 goals this term, and he will want to continue that hot streak to see 2020/21 out in style and wrestle the title off PSG.
- St Etienne: Wahbi Khazri was a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde footballer during his ephemeral stint at Sunderland, often blowing hot and cold but never really generating the kind of consistency needed to make it as a Premier League mainstay. On his day, the Tunisia international had the ability to transfix the Stadium of Light terraces, providing a creative spark that could unlock very stubborn defences, but for one reason or another Khazri just couldn’t maintain the flashes of quality he showcased. Now at St Etienne it has been a familiar tale, with the 30-year-old starting just 14 Ligue 1 games this season, but he remains the club’s top goalscorer with seven goals, and it is that kind of unpredictability that Lille will have to be wary of.
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Lille: WWWDW
- St Etienne: WWLLW
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