Lille will look to confirm Champions League qualification when they host Bordeaux on Sunday in the Ligue 1.
Paris Saint-Germain have stormed to the title yet again this season, and the rest have been competing for second place. Lille are leading that pack, and they are likely to finish behind the runaway leaders. PSG are a whopping 16 points ahead of Lille. Lyon are in third place, and they are six points behind Lille. Only the top two sides get direct entry into next season’s Champions League group stage, and the team in third place will have to play the qualifiers.
Last week, Lyon faced Lille in a vital clash. The game ended in a draw, which was the better result for Lille. Loic Remy and Boubakary Soumare scored the goals for them, and the final score was 2-2. The draw kept the gap at six points. With three games to go, Lille will be confident of holding off Lyon to secure second place. Their recent form is encouraging as well. Lille are unbeaten in their last six games in the Ligue 1.
That run included a 5-1 thrashing of champions PSG. Their attack has been brilliant recently. Lille have scored 16 goals in their last six games. Nicolas Pepe has been one of the major reasons. The winger has been a revelation this season. He has 20 goals and 11 assists in the Ligue 1 this campaign, which is a stunning return. Numerous European clubs will be after him in the summer. Securing Champions League football will be necessary to keep him, but he could leave the club despite that.Embed from Getty Images
Bordeaux are in 14th place, and all but safe from relegation. Mathematically they could still go down via the relegation playoff, but that is a highly unlikely scenario. Caen currently occupies the relegation playoff spot. Bordeaux have 38 points, which is eight more than Caen. There are three more sides between the two and Bordeaux should be confident of avoiding relegation.
They should have been safe a long time ago, but their recent form has not allowed that. Bordeaux have lost their last four league games. They have scored just three goals in that time, and let in nine opposition goals. Last week they faced Angers, who defeated them 1-0. It was a close game, and Angers scored from their only shot on target. Bordeaux has 63% possession in the game, but it counted for little at the final whistle.
Lille Vs Bordeaux Prediction
Lille will be the heavy favorites in this game, and they should get back to winning ways. They have conceded 30 league goals, which is the best defensive record in the league. A clean sheet is also highly likely for the home side. Bordeaux are in a bad spot, and a fifth consecutive loss is looming on the horizon. Lille can hand it to them, and in emphatic fashion. Expect a home win for Lille which will secure Champions League football for next season.
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