FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16th
Two matches to discuss here and I will have the MLS Cup Playoffs and J-League matches
( 5 match previews) in the follow up email which will be with you at 16.00 UK time today.
FRANCE : LIGUE 1
Hosts are in a bad run, they are without a win in eight and have collected only one point in their last four starts, conceding an eyepopping 16 goals. Lille have a midweek Champions League trip to Belarus to face BATE ahead of them, but given their position in the group and their dismal showings against Bayern, I think that will be given scant consideration and that they will be fully focused on the three points tonight, which could take them up to second ahead of a trip south to play Marseille next week. They are unbeaten in five in the league, winning four and drawing on the road to Bordeaux, who won 4-0 here against Lorient last Sunday, it is very dangerous to compare form against common opponents, as there as so many variables, but it is "out there" now.The visitors have had a full six days to prepare for this, which has been a rare luxury this season and 24 hours longer than Lorient have to recover from the runaround they received. Just two losses for Lille this season, a home defeat to champions elect PSG and away to Rennes, which came just before an important CL match, at a time when they were focused on that competition, now it is all about Ligue 1. They arrive without midfielder Marvin Martin ( 9-0-1) who is suspended. The hosts are without a number of long term missing, plus left winger Maxime Barthelmé (11-1-1),midfielder AlainTraoré (9-4-3) and left back Lucas Mareque (6-0-2), these look key, they are unbeaten in six when Mareque plays, have lost 3 without him, Traoré has scored in each of their three wins, his absence puts a huge amout of pressure on fellow striker Jérémie Aliadière. 1.5 units Lille -0.25 2.03 asian line.
LORIENT: Lecomte, Audard,Pedrinho, Bourillon, Baca, Lautoa, Le Lan, Koné, Romao, Jouffre, Autret, Monnet-Paquet, Reale, Corgnet,Aliadière, Giuly, Sunu, Quercia
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