Julien Laurens's Ligue 1 Betting: Defences To Be On Top As Lille Face Lyon

Lille 2.80 Draw 3.10 Lyon 2.60 (SATURDAY 3PM GMT)

Lyon were under pressure last weekend before their game against Nantes, which they won 1-0. They had to win to get back to top of the table ahead of PSG. It was not pretty but they got the three points and have spent another week in the lead this season.

They travel  to Lille on Saturday afternoon where they have not won since 2008! They always find it difficult against les Dogues and Saturday will be no different. At least Alexandre Lacazette will be fitter than he was last weekend for his return to action after three weeks out with a hamstring injury.

He assisted Fekir’s winning goal so he played his part but it was obvious that he was not at his best. He should be this weekend at the Stade Mauroy and the leaders will really need him once again in that match. He was on fire before his injury with 21 goals in the 22 league games he played in.


In his absence though, Nabil Fekir has taken another dimension. He is the revelation of the season in Ligue 1. He has a wonderful left foot and carried the team in Lacazette’s absence. He has now 9 goals and 6 assists in Ligue 1 this season. Jallet is stil a small doubt but he should be ok.

Fofana is back training after more than a year out with an ankle problem and he could be a key addition for the end of the season. Everybody else is ready and the lyonnais know how difficult this game will be even in the form they are at the moment.

They have some momentum, they are still top of the table and they know that PSG face a much tougher game away at Monaco on Sunday evening. So they can put even more pressure on them and put 5 points behind on Saturday evening with a win.This could be a crucial game but Lyon will have to be very careful too.

Lille is never an easy place to go even if this season Les Dogues are not as strong and successful as last season where they finished 3rd in the table after an wonderful campaign. Things are much more difficult this year. They are struggling to score goal. Kalou left in the summer and neither Origi, Roux or Frey have managed to replace his goals. They don’t create many chances in the first place anyway.

But they are still quite solid defensively. Maybe not as much as they were last season where their keeper Vincent Enyeama was walking on water but they are still a difficult team to score against and to beat. They have the 4th best defence in the league with only 23 conceded in 26 games.

But they are only 12th in the table, have only won one of their last 7 games in all competitions and have lost a lot of confidence. Lyon are the favourites in this game but Lille will make life very difficult for them. They need points. The stadium will be full, the Lille players will want to put on a good performance and not giving anything easy to the leaders.

So I can see a draw between those two teams with Lille defending very well.

Alexandre Lacazette is favourite to score first at 4.40. My best tip is under 1.5 goals scored at 2.50

Score prediction: Lille 0-0 Lyon 6.75