Preview - Toulouse vs Lille 07 May 2018

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Match Day 36
Toulouse vs Lille
Monday, May 7th, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadium Municipal

Last five matches form: L L W D L
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.31
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (7)

Last five matches form: L L D L W
Average goals per match: 1.03
Average goals against per match: 1.69
Top Scorer: Nicolas Pepe (11)

One of the biggest games on Match Day 36 in Ligue 1 takes place towards the foot of the table as fourth bottom Toulouse welcome second bottom Lille to the Stadium Municipal.

With just two points between these sides, a win for the visitors will be enough to see them overhaul their hosts and provided Troyes don't win at Marseille would also be enough to see Lille escape the relegation zone entirely.

Toulouse will be without the suspended Yaya Sanogo and the injured Quentin Boisgard ahead of this game, whilst Rominigue Kouame and Kouadio-Yves Dabila will be missing for Lille.

With Toulouse winning one in eleven ahead of this and Lille one in twelve, predicting who will come out on top in this battle between two of the most out of form sides in the league is easier said than done.

Lille did win the reverse fixture 1-0, but their form away from home doesn't give much cause for optimism that they can repeat the dose her. Christophe Galtier's troops have managed just two wins on their travels all season, and have lost five of their past six.

A tough one to call. Overall this may be played on a knife edge throughout, with the home side, in particular, being terrified of losing. A draw would suit Toulouse overall and we suspect that's how this one will end up.

Prediction: Toulouse 1 - 1 Lille


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots: 6 - 17
Shots on target: 4 - 8
Corner Kicks: 1 - 3
Possession: 31% - 69%

Clement Turpin booked Steeve Yago and Issa Diop of Toulouse, in addition to Francois Moubandje who lost the plot in the final five minutes and was sent off for two bookable offences. Yves Bissouma and Nicolas Pepe had their names taken for Lille.

Lille certainly arrived fired up for this one, and whilst they had to do it the hard way, they were ultimately good value for the three points having bossed possession and led the way both in terms of total shots and shots on target.

A cracking start to the game with two goals inside the first nine minutes at the Stadium Municipal.

Lille struck first in the fifth minute. Kevin Malcuit creating space and teeing up Nicolas Pepe to produce an excellent back-heeled finish past Alban Lafont.

It didn't take Toulouse long to strike back though. Andy Delort's ninth minute cross finding Corentin Jean around the right edge of the six-yard box to finish into the bottom left corner.

Lille were edging this, but it would be Toulouse who wold take a lead into the break. Alexis Blin's free kick finding the head of Ibrahim Sangare in the box to nod down to Christopher Julien. Julien making no mistake from around six yards out.

Lille were in no mood to be denied today and came roaring back in the second half. Or in the last ten minutes to be more precise.

First up was Yves Bissouma in the 80th minute to fire an excellent free kick into the bottom left corner. A blow for Toulouse but a draw still wouldn't be the worst result in the world.

Two minutes later though the home side were behind.

Played in by Luiz Araujo, Pepe took it early to beat the keeper from outside the box and grab his second of the game, and what turned out to be the winner.

A huge result for Lille this, and a potentially disastrous one for Toulouse. Lille move up to 16th and a point clear of the drop zone. Toulouse meanwhile drop to third bottom. Still two games to play yet though and no doubt a few twists and turns in the relegation battle still await us.

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