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Nov 29, 2020 at 8pm UK at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
St EtienneSaint-Etienne
1-1
LilleLille
Khazri (33' pen.)
Neyou (16'), Camara (38'), Debuchy (52'), Kolodziejczak (67')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Ikone (65')
Bradaric (28')

Preview: Saint-Etienne vs. Lille - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Ligue 1 clash between Saint-Etienne and Lille, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Saint-Etienne will be desperate to end their torrid losing run when they play host to Ligue 1 high-flyers Lille at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday evening.

The hosts were put to the sword 4-1 by Brest in their last fixture, whereas Lille go into this game following a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the Europa League.


Match preview

Saint-Etienne head coach Claude Puel pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Saint-Etienne are without doubt the team that every side in the French top flight wants to face right now. Having overseen a seven-game losing run with Les Verts, it is no wonder that Claude Puel's future is being called into question.

While the departure of Wesley Fofana to Leicester City was always going to lead to some difficulty moving forward, not many could have foreseen Saint-Etienne's slump following an extremely bright start to the campaign, with Puel's side now winless since gameweek three.

Saint-Etienne did manage to pick up a 3-2 friendly victory over Grenoble Foot 38 during the most recent international break, but the Verts faithful were soon brought crashing back down to earth against Brest, who eased to a 4-1 victory over the out-of-sorts Saint-Etienne last weekend.

Puel's side gave it a real good go against Lyon just before the international break, but Brest handed a harsh reality check to Les Verts as they put four past Saint-Etienne in the first half, with Mahdi Camara's goal meaning very little in the context of the game.

No team in the division has endured a worse run than Saint-Etienne recently - even basement side Dijon have managed to play out a few draws - and the last thing that Puel needs is the visit of an in-form Lille outfit boasting one of the most-coveted talents in the league.

Lille head coach Christophe Galtier pictured on November 5, 2020© Reuters

There was to be no repeat of that memorable night at San Siro for Lille in midweek, with Christophe Galtier's men unable to replicate their magnificent performance which saw them run out 3-0 winners in Italy.

Milan took the lead through Samu Castillejo at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, but an equaliser from Jonathan Bamba ensured that both European powerhouses walked away from that game with a point.

Perhaps the only surprise of that fixture was Yusuf Yazici's failure to increase his Europa League tally, although having notched up all three of his side's goals at San Siro earlier this month, it is no wonder that speculation surrounding a potential move to Arsenal has started to gather pace.

For now, though, Yazici will simply be determined to help second-placed Lille further close the gap on current leaders Paris Saint-Germain, with Galtier's men now only two points adrift of the champions following their defeat to Monaco last week.

Lille's most recent encounter in the league saw Les Dogues march to a resounding 4-0 victory over a struggling Lorient side, with Yazici bagging a brace while Luiz Araujo and Jonathan David - who scored his first goal for Lille at the 14th attempt - also got in on the act.

Saint-Etienne Ligue 1 form: LLLLLL

Lille Ligue 1 form: WWDDLW
Lille form (all competitions): DDWLWD


Team News

Lyon's Bruno Guimaraes in action with Lille's Renato Sanches in Ligue 1 on March 8, 2020© Reuters

Saint-Etienne pair Wahbi Khazri and Romain Hamouma missed out against Brest through suspension, with the latter potentially in line for a swift recall to the starting lineup.

Camara notched up a goal playing in an unfamiliar right-back position last weekend, but Mathieu Debuchy is expected to reprise his regular spot in defence against Lille.

On the opposite side, Alpha Sissoko played in that fateful first 45 against Brest before being taken off, with Miguel Trauco set to return to the first XI here.

Lille trio Burak Yilmaz, Jose Fonte and Reinildo are all back for this one having sat out the win over Lorient through suspension, although the latter started against Milan and may make way for Domagoj Bradaric this weekend.

Galtier is already without the injured Renato Sanches and Zeki Celik, and the Dogues manager could be in a predicament at right-back with Jeremy Pied being forced off in the draw with the Rossoneri.

Tiago Djalo could be in line for a start in defence should Pied be ruled out, while Jonathan Ikone should feature from the first whistle in this one as well.

Saint-Etienne possible starting lineup:
Moulin; Debuchy, Kolodziejczak, Moukoudi, Trauco; Neyou, Youssouf; Nordin, Aouchiche, Bouanga; Hamouma

Lille possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Djalo, Fonte, Botman, Bradaric; Ikone, Andre, Soumare, Bamba; Yazici, Yilmaz


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We say: Saint-Etienne 0-2 Lille

The form book suggests that Lille will be in for an easy ride against Saint-Etienne, but Galtier's side have had very little time to rest following a hard-fought battle with Milan and cannot afford to go into Sunday's game thinking that they have already won. However, the Dogues camp still boast plenty of talented players and Puel's men are showing no signs of a revival anytime soon, so Lille should still pick up all three points with minimal difficulty here.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data


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How you voted: St Etienne vs Lille

Saint-Etienne
20.3%
Draw
18.2%
Lille
61.5%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG21143448113745
2Lille21136236152145
3Lyon21127244192543
4MonacoMonaco21123642301239
5Rennes2110653023736
6Marseille209562722532
7Bordeaux219572522332
8Metz218762318531
9Lens219483030031
10Angers219392633-730
11Montpellier HSCMontpellier218493339-628
12Nice207582328-526
13Brest2182113137-626
14Reims216692931-224
15StrasbourgStrasbourg2173113033-324
16Saint-EtienneSt Etienne2147102035-1519
17NantesNantes213992034-1418
18Dijon202991327-1415
19Nimes2043131641-2515
20Lorient1933132038-1812

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