Lille stood behind in the scoreline very early against Strasbourg last Saturday night, conceding a goal already in the 12th minute via Thomasson. The guests tried to respond right away and had much more of the ball possession, however, wasn’t that concrete in the final effort till the halftime whistle.
They didn’t need much of the possession in the continuation but appeared far sharper in attack scoring goals easier and not needing much of chances created.
Gabriel leveled up in the 65th minute, while Osimhen converted the penalty kick in the 80th minute for their lead. Even though the home side tried to react, there was actually no time left for some more serious attacks in quite a passive approach from them.
Les Dogues now broke their ugly run of three losses, being at the fourth position at the table and this match is a perfect chance to approach closer to third-placed Rennes so a victory is their only target for this one.
Lille should continue missing injured offensive midfielder Yazici (18/1), plus forward Weah (2/0) and left-back Bradaric (15/0).
Rennes is also coming from a very interesting match last Friday night, as the team took a three-pointer at home over Nantes in a 3:2 victory and a great ending of the match. The game itself didn’t start as a very interesting one, with the guests creating more, but ending the first halftime as a goalless affair.
It was the guests who opened up the second halftime in a better way too, taking the lead via an own goal. From that moment on, it was Rennes who looked far better and more concrete with the ball, but also vulnerable at the back.
They had difficulties to level up for the first time, but stood again back in the scoreline, to finally search for a victory deep in the added time and seal it thanks to goals from Bourigeaud and Raphinha (his second one) in the seventh minute of additional time.
Overall, it was their fifth competitive match with no loss, as they count three in Ligue 1 and are currently three points behind second-placed Marseille.
Midfielder Martin (3/0) is out injured, same as their long-term absentee defensive midfielder Johansson (who didn’t play so far). Midfielder Grenier (11/1) is doubtful, same as central back Morel (20/1) and newly signed midfielder N’Zonzi.
Lille have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Rennes.
Both teams seem to be doing far better in the attack than what their defensive reliability stands out. Lille came from behind in the previous game and surely enter this match with a boosted morale, while Rennes definitely play very well in recent weeks and are more than capable of scoring here, even more than once.