Ligue 1 action continues on Sunday as Lille OSC vs Nantes kicks off at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Lille are coming off an extremely successful season finishing the year runners up to PSG. The previous year, Lille finished an underwhelming 17th. They rose 15 spots in a single year. However, after many big name departures they may find it difficult to replicate last year’s form. Meanwhile, Nantes secured a respectable 12th place finish. As a mid table team this is more or less what is expected of them.
Lille OSC vs Nantes Prediction & Match Preview
Sunday, August 11 – 9:00 EST – Stade Pierre-Mauroy
After overachieving and securing a second place finish last year, it was always going to be difficult for Lille to hold on to their key footballers. Nicolas Pepe, Rafael Leão and Thiago Mendes have all departed the club. These players were key to the team’s success and signify three monumental departures. Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal for a reported 80 million euro fee, absolutely smashing Lille’s club record return. Much of last year’s success can be attributed to the managerial style of Christophe Galtier. He is at the helm once again and will look to balance Champions League football with another top 4 finish in the league. In terms of arrivals, Lille fans can look forward to watching new signing Timothy Weah. The American phenomenon will look to establish himself as the real deal.
Nantes will have aspirations to finish mid table this year. In reality, they may find themselves trying to avoid relegation. New manager Christian Gourcuff will look to change the clubs tendency to underperform on the road. Nantes have dropped 11 of their last 13 away matches. Furthermore, their form in front of goal has been atrocious. They have not done much to improve their offence through the transfer market. Ultimately, Lille’s offence and depth will be too much for Nantes to handle. We can look for Jonathan Bamba to continue his excellent form from last season in this matchup.
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