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Nov 27, 2021 at 4pm UK at Stade Lille-Metropole
LilleLille
1-1
NantesNantes
Yilmaz (9')
Onana (62')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Blas (24')
Girotto (21'), Blas (48')
Da Silva (78')

Preview: Lille vs. Nantes - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Ligue 1 clash between Lille and Nantes, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille will aim to rise into the top half of the table this weekend as Nantes pay a visit to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Jocelyn Gourvennec's side overcame Red Bull Salzburg 1-0 in the Champions League in midweek, while the visitors' most recent clash saw them go down 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain.


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Lille's Jonathan David celebrates scoring their first goal with Burak Yilmaz on November 23, 2021© Reuters

After Burak Yilmaz led the Lille charge towards the Ligue 1 title last term, it is now Jonathan David's turn to produce the goods for Les Dogues, as the Canadian hotshot's ruthless streak continued domestically and continentally after the international break.

Before scoring the only goal of the game against Salzburg to send Les Dogues top of Champions League Group G, David had notched up a brace in his side's league battle with Monaco, only to see Lille's two-goal lead slip following responses from Krepin Diatta and Wissam Ben Yedder.

Despite posting back-to-back successes in Europe, Lille have now gone five games without victory in the French top flight - an embarrassing statistic for champions - and they occupy 12th spot in the table as a result.

Having already sealed qualification in Europe - whether it be to the Champions League knockout stages or Europa League - the fixture list will not become any friendlier for Gourvennec's side, but their home form can serve as encouragement.

Indeed, Les Dogues have strung together a five-game unbeaten streak in Ligue 1 at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy - taking 11 points from the last 15 on offer on home soil - but Nantes will endeavour to take advantage of the champions' continental fatigue.

Nantes head coach Antoine Kombouare pictured on September 12, 2021© Reuters

Nantes defender Dennis Appiah will not score a more sensational goal for the duration of his career, but unfortunately for the 29-year-old right-back, it was at the wrong end of the pitch at the Parc des Princes as PSG ran out comfortable winners.

After Kylian Mbappe and Randal Kolo Muani had netted - while Keylor Navas saw red following a rush of blood to the head - Appiah's deflected own goal spectacularly looped over the head of Alban Lafont before Lionel Messi's first Ligue 1 goal for PSG capped off a routine win.

There was to be no happy return for Antoine Kombouare in the capital following last season's shock success over Les Parisiens, and having now gone three games without a win in the division, Les Canaris sit 11th in the table - one point above their weekend hosts.

Kombouare's side are enjoying their respectable mid-table ranking after last term's relegation dogfight, but they travel to Lille having won just one of their seven away games this term and without a clean sheet on the road in that time.

Lille marched to a pair of 2-0 wins over Nantes during their title-winning 2020-21 season, and the champions welcome Les Canaris to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy aiming to secure their seventh successive league win in this fixture, with their last defeat to Nantes coming in September 2015.

Lille Ligue 1 form:
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • D

Lille form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

Nantes Ligue 1 form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L



Team News

Benjamin Andre in action for Lille in March 2021© Reuters

Lille midfielder Amadou Onana returns from a domestic suspension for this encounter, while Zeki Celik is banned for the trip to Rennes on December 1 but is fine for this game.

Sven Botman is closing in on a return from a groin injury but may not be ready to take his place at the back just yet, although Renato Sanches and Jonathan Bamba have made timely returns to fitness.

Jonathan Ikone and Benjamin Andre served suspensions in the win over Salzburg but ought to take their places in the side here, as Xeka and Timothy Weah drop down to the bench.

As for Nantes, Kombouare will welcome the return of Nicolas Pallois from suspension, but Sebastien Corchia had to be substituted after just 42 minutes of the defeat to PSG through injury.

The right-back appeared to leave the field with a thigh problem, so Appiah should be given a chance to redeem himself as Pallois takes his rightful place alongside Jean-Charles Castelletto.

Top assister Moses Simon is also ready to return from his muscular problem, but Charles Traore, Roli Pereira de Sa and Renaud Emond make up a trio of absentees for the visitors.

Lille possible starting lineup:
Grbic; Celik, Fonte, Djalo, Reinildo; Ikone, Andre, Sanches, Bamba; David, Yilmaz

Nantes possible starting lineup:
Lafont; Appiah, Pallois, Castelletto, Fabio; Chirivella, Girotto; Kolo Muani, Blas, Simon; Coulibaly


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We say: Lille 2-1 Nantes

Nantes starting the day above Lille in the table truly represents the champions' alarming fall from grace, but Gourvennec will hope to see his side take inspiration from their positive results in Europe.

Having struggled to make a game of it against PSG with a man advantage, Nantes' poor fortunes on the road are set to continue as Lille - boosted by some key returns - continue their unbeaten streak at home.



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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG21155142182450
2Nice21124534181639
3Marseille20107328161237
4Rennes21104740192134
5MonacoMonaco2196633231033
6Lens219663629733
7StrasbourgStrasbourg2095639251432
8Montpellier HSCMontpellier209473427731
9NantesNantes218582625129
10Lille207852727029
11Lyon207852827128
12Angers206862627-126
13Brest216782633-725
14Reims215972223-124
15Metz2147102441-1719
16Clermont2046102036-1618
17Troyes2045111829-1117
18Lorient203891531-1617
19Bordeaux2138103050-2017
20Saint-EtienneSt Etienne2026121842-2412

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