Preview - Lille vs Amiens 19 January 19

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Match Day 21
Lille vs. Amiens
Saturday, December 19th 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy

Last five matches form: W D W L W
Average goals per match: 1.60
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Nicolas Pépé (13)

Last five matches form: L W D D L
Average goals per match: 0.85
Average goals against per match: 1.70
Top Scorer: Eddy Gnahoré (4)

Amiens aren't having the easiest time of things with the fixture list at present. Desperately in need of points as they seek to haul themselves away from the relegation zone, they were faced with a home clash against champions PSG last weekend - which went predictably badly - and now face second placed Lille away from home in their next game.

Amiens made a decent fist of it in the reverse of this fixture, but were still defeated 3-2 in the end even with the advantage of home support. They will however have happy memories from their trip here last season, as they shocked their hosts to pinch a 1-0 win.

No confirmed injury absentees for the home side, but the suspended Mehmet Zeki Çelik does miss out. Amiens will be without the injured duo of Bongani Zungu and Moussa Konaté in addition to the suspended Khaled Adénon.

Lille have lost just one of ten at home this season, but that defeat did come in their most recent fixture here when surprisingly going down to Toulouse. With the home side averaging 1.90 goals for per game, it seems likely that Amiens will at least need to get on the scoresheet if they are to get anything out of this one.

Amiens away form doesn't make for particularly encouraging reading. They have won only two of ten and failed to score on six occasions.

The current league positions would suggest that this is something of a mismatch and that is more than likely how it will play out. Home win.

Prediction: Lille 2 - 0 Amiens


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  12 - 1
Shots on target: 3 - 1
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 64% - 36%

Three bookings in this one, all for the away side, with referee Wily Delajod taking the names of Regis Gurtner, Stiven Mendoza and Jordan Lefort.

This ended up being a lot closer on the scoresheet than on the stats. Lille predictably dominated the game in terms of possession and shots on goal against their lower ranked opponents, but Amiens managed to score with their only shot of any description in the game and only succumbed to a late winner in the end.

Amiens got off to the perfect start here. Determined work from Cheick Timite down the right-hand side resulting in a low ball being played into the area and making its way to Juan Otero in the left of the box, Otero finishing high into the net.

Lille were handed a golden opportunity to equalise when awarded a penalty in the 39th minute. However, in form Nicola Pépé could only scuff his effort wide of the post. The home side did manage to restore parity before the half time whistle though.

The equaliser arrived in the second minute of first half stoppage time. A free kick from the right being fired back across goal and Rafael Leao having time to control and finish low from six yards.

The home side grabbed what was ultimately a deserved winner five minutes from time. Excellent cross into the area by Jeremy Pied finding Xeka arriving to head home into the bottom right from around eight yards.

Lille maintain their hold on second spot in the standings but remain a yawning 13 points adrift of PSG having played a game more. Amiens stay out of the relegation zone for now but are only one point clear of Dijon having played two games more.

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