High flying Lille travel to the North-West of France to lock horns with Ligue 1 struggling side, Brest.
The match will be played in an empty Stade Francis-Le Blé due to the Coronavirus outbreak that has plagued football matches.
The home team will be looking to overturn a poor form that has seen them record one win in their last five Ligue 1 games.
Sitting in 14th place after 28 games, Brest will be looking to take all three points in this encounter and avoid getting into a relegation battle as they sit only seven points off Nimes in 18th place.
The visitors meanwhile are comfortably seated in 4th place after 28 games and are the League’sLeague’s form team after PSG, having taken 12 points out of the available 15 in the top-flight. In that period, the champions League-chasing team have also won 3 on the bounce in the League, while keeping four clean sheets.
Galtier Christophe’s men who sit on 49 points will be looking to leapfrog third-placed Rennes who are on 50 points and don’t play till Sunday as they bid to qualify for the play-off place in the Champions League next season.
For the home team, Hiang’ ‘ a Managa (thigh), Ferris Ngoma, and Mayi (ankle) are all out.
For the away side, Timothy Weah remains sidelined with a muscle injury, while midfielder Yusuf Yazici is out with an injury.
Head to Head
In the last five meetings between both sides, Lille have recorded four victories, last losing to the hosts in the 2011/2012 season.
Lille go into the encounter on the back of three wins on the bounce and seven in eight in Ligue 1. Meanwhile, Brest have endured a torrid 2020, winning just three matches out of eleven played in all competitions.
Brest’s last five games in all competitions: LLDWD
Marseille last five games in all competitions: WWWLW
Brest are faced with a huge task this weekend in overpowering this strong Lille side who have proven to be too strong an opponent for them, as they have lost six out of the last seven times in the head-to-dead record.
After losing 1:0 to Angers last time out in the League, Stade Brestois are at risk of losing three League games on the bounce for the first time since May 2015.
However, the home team have a decent record at home, as they have taken 24 out of the 34 available at home in the League. This amounts to about 67% of their league points total for the season.
The home team meanwhile will be hoping that they can put on their afterburners in the closing stages of the games as they have a poor record in scoring after 60th minute.
This is especially necessary as the away side have a decent record in protecting a half time lead, having won all the games they have led at half time in the League this season.
The team also has a knack in scoring first as they have scored first in 18 out of the 28 matches they have played this season. In this period, they have won 16 and drawn two.
Lille are keen on making this match their eight wins in nine league games having won seven of the last eight. The team who are on a three-match winning run away from home in the League have also learned the art of protecting slender leads, winning by a single goal to nil in three of their last seven matches.
Lille to win @ 20/23
Under 2.5 goals @ 8/11
Lille Draw No Bet @ 4/11