Ligue 1’s 28th round will open with a single encounter on Friday as reigning French champions Lille take on struggling Saint-Etienne at Stade Pierre Morois. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet app download for android.
Jocelyn Gurwennec’s side have won 3 of their last 4 encounters in Ligue 1 and moved up to 7th place in the table with 42 points. In the previous matchday, the defending champion thrashed Clermont 4-0 (1, in Russian) to extend their unbeaten home record to four games and reduce the gap to two points over fifth-placed Europa League.
Next week, the Red and Blue face a return leg in the Champions League 1/8 finals against Chelsea. In the first meeting at Stamford Bridge, the London side secured a confident 2-0 win and made it very difficult for the Dane to progress to the quarter-finals of Europe’s most prestigious club tournament.
Domestically, Lille have been successful at home – only 2 defeats in 13 home Ligue 1 meetings (6 wins, 5 draws).
Since the end of January, Pascal Dupres’ side have been on a roll, winning 4 of their last 6 matches in the French league (1 draw, 1 defeat). At the end of the 27 rounds, the Greens are in 17th place out of 20 teams in Ligue 1 with 25 points. Their reserves before 18th place are minimal – 1 point. Last weekend, on the home field, Saint-Etienne were stronger than their direct rivals in the fight to retain their place in the top division – Metz – with the score 1-0 and left the relegation zone. The game-winning goal was scored in the opening stages of the 2nd half by 27-year-old Gabon midfielder Denis Bouanga.
St Etienne are one of the weakest teams in the French championship in terms of their performance away from home: only 3 wins and 8 defeats in 13 home games. Only Lorient have worse results at home.
In 5 of the 7 previous away games in Ligue 1 the poker betting was “Both goals scored – No”.
“Saint-Etienne” has not won against “Lille” during the 6 edge face-to-face duels (3 defeats, 3 draws). Four of the last five head-to-head encounters were drawn matches – the total score was under 2.5 with enviable regularity. Three previous encounters between the opponents ended in a draw. In August, the Ligue 1 fixture at Stade Joffroy Gichard failed to produce a 1-1 draw.
Lille vs St Etienne
Until recently, the visitors were closing in on the standings, but 4 wins in the last 6 rounds have helped the Greens leave the relegation zone. Lille players have also made good progress and thanks to a 4-match unbeaten streak they are nowhere near the Eurocup zone. We believe that in their home clash with one of the Ligue 1 outsiders, the reigning French champions will be able to convert their class advantage into an important 3 points. Our prediction is a win for Lille.