Preview - Lille vs Amiens 02 April 2018

Started by Harry85, Mar 31, 2018, 08:48 AM

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Harry85

Match Day 31
Lille vs Amiens
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
00:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Lille: 
Last five matches form: D L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.6
Top Scorer: Nicola Pepe (9)

Amiens:
Last five matches form: D W L D D
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Moussa Konaté (9)

One of the big games in France this weekend comes down at the bottom as second bottom Lille welcome fifth bottom Amiens to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. With only three points separating the sides, a win for Lille would simultaneously boost their own survival hopes whilst also dragging Amiens firmly into the relegation mire.

Few injury concerns for either side here, with Lille's Rominigue Kouame the only confirmed absentee.

One major factor against Lille here, is that whilst this is officially a home game, the game will be played in an empty stadium due to the fans being denied absence as a result of a recent pitch invasion. Expect something of an eerie atmosphere as Lille attempt to end their current seven match winless streak. A shambolic symbol of Lille's shambolic season.

Amiens won the reverse fixture by a comfortable 3-0 score line, and probably do arrive in marginally the better form of the two sides this time around, having picked up four points from their last two league games.

Lille do tend to score at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy though, having bagged at least one goal in all bar one of their last nine home league outings. Averaging just 0.6 goals per game away from home this season, its tough to envisage Amien scoring more than once, making a 1-1 final score looking one of the most likely options.

Prediction: Lille 1 - 1 Amiens

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 15 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 3 - 3
Possession: 61% - 39%

Two bookings here, both for Amiens, with referee Karim Abed taking the names of Khaled Adenon and Issa Cissokho.

The setting for this was as bizarre as anticipated, as the players lined up and shook hands with nothing but thousands of empty seats surrounding them.

Lille certainly gave this one a good go, coming out on top in both the possession and total shots stats. The numbers would suggest the home team were a little unlucky not to win the game. To therefore lose such a crucial encounter must be a particularly bitter pill to swallow.

When the home side did fall behind in the 53rd minute, it was largely their own doing. Junior Alonso seeming to think he had an eternity on the ball when in reality Stiven Mendoza was bearing down on him. Mendoza duly picked his pocket, raced into the box down the right-hand side and slotted the ball home underneath keeper Mike Maignan.

Credit to Lille they were immediately back on the front foot and battled all the way to the end in an effort to get back into this. Thiago Mendes rattling the bar with a header in the 80th minute and then striking an effort against the post in the 93rd minute. As much as they tried though, the equaliser would not come.

This was a pretty savage blow to Lille's survival hopes. It's not terminal just yet though. With both Troyes and Toulouse also losing today, the gap to safety remains at just 2 points.

Amiens aren't safe quite yet, but this win does make relegation that bit more unlikely. They rise to 15th and now five points clear of the dreaded drop zone.

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