Lille will face Monaco at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, in Villeneuve d’Ascq, in French Ligue 1 29th Round. Lille against Monaco is always the match with big interest after their previous matches in French Ligue 1. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
LOSC Lille is looking great this season and now stand at second place in French Ligue 1. They have a super streak of 14 games, they lost only once against Toulouse and already have 7 point difference with nearest follower Lyon. Lille kicked off out of all competitions so now they can totally concentrate on Ligue 1 and second place to be promoted to UEFA Champions League next year. LOSC Lille is playing very well in defense as they concede only 23 goals in 28 matches. Moreover, at home, they play even better and have conceded 9 goals in 14 games and lost only one game. During 5 last matches in Ligue 1, they have drawn 2 and won 3 matches, scored 5 and conceded only 1 goal. only Paris SG is playing better than the Dogs at home with all wins this season.
Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Bamba, and very young Rafael Leao are the leaders of the squad by scored goals and effective game. In the next match will play all the major players, since they don’t have injuries and suspensions.
Lille Olympique Sporting Club is strong this season at counter attacks, creating long shot opportunities and chances through individual skills. However, they are showing weaknesses at aerial duels and protecting the lead. Very likely that at home they will attack more often and play through the middle since Monaco is back to great form.
Monaco, finally, started to play somehow quite good and pretty football. They were kicked off out of all competitions and now the main goal of the season is to go further in the highest French league. They now stand at 17th position and already have 6 points handicap with relegation zone, however, they have much work to do till the end of the season. Last 5 matches were very successful for them, as they won 3 and have drawn 2 matches. Moreover, they scored at least 2 goals in last 3 away matches in all competitions. Monaco has nothing to lose and they need to go only to the front, so attacking football dominates in their game.
Till now lots of main squad players are injured, however, players that came on loan are playing very well and are trying to up the squad to another level this season. Most important that attacking lineup is ready to play against Lille. Falcao, Gelson Martins, and Rony Lopes will try to score goals and attack dangerously. R. Falcao has already scored 12 goals in Ligue 1.
This season the Red and Whites are strong at shooting from direct free kicks and creating chances through individual skills. However, they are weak at defending against long shots, aerial duel, and defending counter-attacks, which is very good for rivals. Very likely that guests will play aggressively in defense and attack through the Martins flank.
These team met three times in the last two seasons. Of course, we can’t compare Monaco and Lille in last season and this one, because it is totally different clubs. In the 2017/18 season, Monaco won twice against Lille by scoring 6 and conceding 1 goal in total. This time, at the beginning of that season they have drawn with 0:0 result.
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