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Ligue 1: Lille vs Toulouse preview

Kick-off: Saturday, 19 March @19:00 GMT

Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d’Ascq)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Toulouse vs Lille 1-1 (2015/2016 Ligue 1)
Toulouse vs Lille 3-2 (2014/2015 Ligue 1)
Lille vs Toulouse 3-0 (2014/2015 Ligue 1)
Toulouse vs Lille 1-2 (2013/2014 Ligue 1)
Lille vs Toulouse 1-0 (2013/2014 Ligue 1)

Lille vs Toulouse prediction

Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Reims and Bastia, Lille will be aiming to extend their winning run in the Ligue 1 when they take on relegation-threatened Toulouse at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Les Dogues eyeing a place in the European competitions

Over the years Lille have established themselves as a top-table side in French Ligue 1. Les Dogues, though, were playing below expectations in the first half of the season, but it seems as if they have found their best form of late. Lille are eyeing their third consecutive win in the league and a triumph over Toulouse could see the hosts climb to seventh place in the standings. It is well known that Frederic Antonetti’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and the fact that they recorded four wins in previous five home fixtures is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of les Pitchouns. Les Dogues aim to book their place in the European competitions and they are widely expected to go all guns blazing at the relegation-battling team. Sofiane Boufal scored in the 2-1 win over Bastia at the weekend and the opposition defenders could find it hard to contain the talented midfielder.

Mike Maignan, Sebastien Corchia, Franck Beria and Marvin Martin are all sidelined with injury, while the likes of Marko Basa, Renato Civelli, Ibrahim Amadous and Rio Mavuba are all doubtful.

Now or never?

Thanks to a thrilling 4-0 win over Bordeaux Toulouse managed to keep their hopes of securing the Ligue 1 survival alive. Les Pitchouns managed to put an end to their 11-game winless run in the national championship as well and their fresh confidence will be tested in Sunday’s game against Lille. Pascal Dupraz’s charges are seven points behind the safe zone, meaning that the match against les Dogues could be crucial for the visitors in their battle for survival. Toulouse have no other choice but to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s encounter, but you should know that les Pitchouns have already suffered nine defeats on the road in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign. Wissam Ben Yedder scored a brace in the 4-0 win over les Girondins at the weekend and, no doubt, the 25-year-old attacker will be the man to watch in the away side.

Zinedine Machach and Alexis Blin are both sidelined through suspension, while Akpa-Akpro misses the game with injury. Serbian full back Pavle Ninkov is widely expected to replace Akpa-Akpro in the starting line-up.

Quick Facts

  • Lille managed to keep three clean sheets in previous four home fixtures in the league
  • Les Dogues scored 1+ goals in each of their previous 14 home games
  • Toulouse are after their third away win of the season
  • Les Pitchouns failed to score in three of their last four away fixtures in Ligue 1
  • 13 goals in total were scored in previous four meetings between the two teams

Lille vs Toulouse betting tip

Lille have been producing outstanding performances at home ground in the second half of the season and considering that Toulouse head into the game hit by suspensions, I believe that there is a big value in betting on les Dogues this time out. Les Pitchouns did defeat Bordeux at home ground at the weekend, but the team’s away record is poor and they are unlikely to spoil Lille’s party at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Tip: Lille to win

Odds: 2.00 (1/1) @bet365

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