Lille and Saint‑Étienne meet at Stade Pierre‑Mauroy, in a match for the 3rd round of the Ligue 1. The head‑to‑head history at this stadium, favours the home team, since in the last 5 head‑to‑heads they won 3 and tied 2. Accordingly, in the last head‑to‑head played at this stadium, for the Ligue 1, on 06‑10‑2018, Lille won by (3‑1). J. Bamba (17′ and 46′ ) and N. Pépé (84′ ) scored for Lille and R. Cabella (26′ ) for Saint‑Étienne. Saint‑Étienne registers significant differences between home and away results, so special attention is due to the home/away factor.
28 August 2019 – 18:00
Regular Season – Round 3
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28 Aug – 18:00
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Analysis of Lille
The home team is currently in the 10th position of the league, with 3 points won. In their debut, they won in a home match against Nantes, by (2‑1). In the second round, they lost in an away match against Amiens, by (1‑0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. Lille has won 7, tied 1 and lost 2 of the last 10 home matches. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 30 of the last 46 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals.
Lille comes for this match after a 1-0 loss against Amiens, adding the first defeat in this French championship. We remember that the home team had beaten Nantes on matchday two by 2-1. In this match against Saint-Étienne, coach Christophe Galtier should keep the team in 4-3-3 with Bamba, Ikoné and Osimhen being the most offensive references of the team. It should be noted that Nigerian striker Osimhen is Lille’s top scorer with 2 goals scored. For this game the local mister cannot count on Xeka and Soumaoro, injured, and Soumaré, who is suspended.
Analysis of Saint-Étienne
The away team is currently in the 6th position of the league, with 4 points won. In their debut they won in an away match against Dijon, by (1‑2). In the second round, they tied in a home match against Brest, by (1‑1). This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 28 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 27 goals scored and 18 conceded. In the last 10 away matches Saint‑Étienne has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.
Saint-Étienne’s team starts for this match with a one-ball match against Stade Brest, adding the second straight match without losing in this French championship: the only goal of the team was initialed by Denis Bouanga. In the first round of the championship, the visitors beat Dijon by 1-2. Mister Ghislain Printant must maintain his standard of play, that is, organize his pupils in 4-3-3, favoring a more supported style of play. Right-back Romain Hamouma is one of the highlights of this Saint-Étienne formation with 1 goal scored. Out of this game are Saliba and Monnet-Paquet, both injured.