Friday 1 Feb

Lille vs Nice - Match Preview

31 Jan 2019 Ed Mackey FRANCE: Ligue 1
FRANCE: Ligue 1

Lille OSC

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
19:45 GMT
01 February 2019

OGC Nice

  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
19:45 GMT 01 February 2019

With February already upon us, the business end of the season is edging ever nearer. Two sides fighting for a European place face off on Friday evening as Lille play host to Nice.

STATS

  • Lille have had a fantastic campaign so far after almost being relegated in both of the last two. They sit 2nd in the table behind PSG, albeit with a 13-point gap between the sides. Their form has been exemplary with four wins out of their last five in the league, allowing them to hold Lyon at arm’s length.
  • Nice have struggled to replicate the form that made them title challengers last term but they still occupy 7th place. With just two wins in their last eight, they are showing no signs of pushing into the Champions League spots. They did pick up a win last time out with a 2-0 win against Nimes.
  • Nicolas Pepe is the man leading Lille’s great season with 15 goals in Ligue 1, only Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani have managed more.
  • Allan Saint-Maximin has enjoyed a strong campaign so far with six goals which is more than any of his team-mates.

HEAD TO HEAD

Lille might look like the favourites for three points in this one but they haven’t beaten Nice in the league since 2012, a run spanning 13 games. Six of those have been draws whilst Nice have won seven, including the most recent one which came in November where they ran out 2-0 winners. Both teams have scored in five of the last six meetings with three games ending 1-1.

LILLE NEWS

Three points are vital for Lille as they maintain their position in 2nd ahead of Lyon, St Etienne and Strasbourg. They are without Fares Bahlouli, Thiago Maia and Zeki Celik for the clash.

Latest matches: Lille OSC

25.01.2019 Ligu Olympique Marseille Lille OSC 1:2 W
22.01.2019 Coup Sete 34 FC Lille OSC 0:1 W
18.01.2019 Ligu Lille OSC SC Amiens 2:1 W
11.01.2019 Ligu SM Caen Lille OSC 1:3 W
07.01.2019 Coup Lille OSC FC Sochaux 1:0 W

NICE NEWS

The visitors must avoid defeat is they want to keep pressure on the sides above them. Mouez Hassan, Mickael Le Bihan, Gautier Lloris and Yoann Cardinale are injured and won’t feature.

Latest matches: OGC Nice

26.01.2019 Ligu OGC Nice Olympique Nimes 2:0 W
19.01.2019 Ligu Stade Reims OGC Nice 1:1 D
16.01.2019 Ligu AS Monaco OGC Nice 1:1 D
12.01.2019 Ligu OGC Nice FC Girondins Bordeaux 1:0 W
06.01.2019 Coup Toulouse FC OGC Nice 4:1 L

SUMMARY

Despite having a poor record against Nice, Lille are still big favourites to win this one with their run of form and superior league position. I would expect both teams to score which makes over 2.5 goals look an attractive bet. It’s hard to see past Lille with how good they’ve been.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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