Lille will be welcoming Rennes at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in what shall be an intriguing contest in Ligue 1. Rennes is currently third in the league with 40 points and is three away from Marseille, meanwhile, Lille is at fourth with 34 points on board. The last time the two clubs confronted one another the game finished with a scoreline of 1-1. In terms of recent performances, Lille is fresh from a 2-1 win against Strasbourg, while Rennes is on the back of a 3-2 win versus Nantes. Though Paris-Saint Germain is the clear cut favourites to reclaim the title, the race for the top four only intensifies further.
Date- Tuesday, February 4
Kick-Off- 11:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Yusuf Yazici, Adama Soumaoro and Domagoj Badaric are on the sidelines due to injury, while, Saad Agouzoul and Timothy Weah are in doubts of starting for their side. Jonathan Ikone bagged himself an assist against Strasbourg after coming off the bench and could start off this time around. Benjamin Andre and Bamba should be filling in at midfield, whereas, Victor Osimhen should be leading the attack. Mehmet Celik, Jose Fonte, Gabriel and Reinildo could form the back four.
Jonas Martin is ruled out due to injury, while, Clement Grenier, Jeremy Morel, Gerzino Agouzould and Timothy Weah are doubtfull to start. Benjamin Bourigeaud got on the scoresheet after coming off the bench against Nantes and could earn a start here. M’Baye Niang and Adrien Hunou should be in charge of the attack. Raphina has been terrific in the wide areas and will be persisted with alongside, Flavien Tait and Eduardo Camavinga in midfield.
LIL (Expected Playing 11)- Maignan; Celik, Fonte, Gabriel, Reinildo; Araujo, Xeka, Andre, Bamba; Osimhen, Ikone
REN (Expected Playing 11)- Mendy; Maouassa, Gelin, Silva, Traore; Tait, Bourigeaud, Carnavinga, Raphinha; Niang, Hunou
Victor Osimhen is the standouts on the attack for Lille. The centre-forward has 11 goals, three assists and a pass accuracy of 63.3% from 21 appearances this season.
M’Baye Niang has been one of the central figures for Rennes. Niang has eight goals and a pass accuracy of 68% from 1745 minutes in Ligue 1 this season.
Jonathan Ikone can pack a punch from Lille‘s end. Ikone has three goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 78.8% from 1604 minutes in the league this season.
Raphina has been pivotal in the Rennes midfield. The 23-year-old has five goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 71.2% from 17 appearances in the league this season.
From the last six games between the two sides, it’s Rennes who has won four games in contrast to Lille’s solitary win. The most recent fixture, however, was a 1-1 stalemate.
A second draw on the trot seems like a possible outcome.
Goalkeeper- E Mendy
Defenders- Gabriel d s, J Fonte, F Maouassa, H Traore
Midfielders- Xeka, J Ikone, Raphina
Forwards- V Osimhen (C), A Hunou, M Niang (VC)
Goalkeeper- M Maignan
Defenders- Gabriel d s, M Z Celik, F Maouassa, H Traore
Midfielders- J Ikone (VC), J Bamba, Raphina (C)
Forwards- L Remy, A Hunou, M Niang
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