Ligue 1 / OSC Lille vs FC Nantes – Lille was excellent last season and it finished as runner-up, which is objectively the best place they could have won. Nantes was more modest and it ended up in the 12th place where the drop zone was far below and Nantes didn’t live in fear of relegation. Both their head-to-head played last season were very efficient and Lille won both, by 2-1 the one played at home.
Game OSC Lille vs FC Nantes begins 11.08.2019 at 15:00 CET
Lille did not play in European competitions last season and they could maximally focus on the French championship. They used that in the best way and they won the second place in the end. Lille ended up in the second place without any problems given they held that position for the larger part of the season, or more precisely, once they sat on it in the 16th round they never left it again. Their best players were targets of richer clubs and Lille sold Pepe, Leao, Mendez, Kone as well as several other players. They had to bring replacements and new members of Lille are Yazici, Osimohen, Bradaric, Andre and several others. Most of them are younger players. Bamba, Araujo and Remy cannot play this match.
Probable lineups OSC Lille: Maignan – Celik, J. Fonte, Soumaoro, Bradaric – Andre, Xeka – Weah, Yazici, Ikone – Osimhen
Nantes had a modest season in which tehy were never ranked better than the 10th place. They changed the manager in mid-season and with arrival of Vahid Halilhodzic Nantes played a bit better, and they moved from the bottom of the table to its middle, where they remained till the end, finishing in the 12th place. In first nine rounds Nantes won only one match and they don’t want to see rerun of such bad start again. However, they didn’t extend contract with manager Halilhodzic and instead of him they brought C. Gourcuff. Stoppers Carlos and Djidji left, and Wague came at the same positoin. Coco should strengthen Nantes’ attack.
Probable lineups FC Nantes: Lafont – Appiah, Wague, Pallois, Lima – Toure, Abeid, Rongier – Coco, Coulibaly, Moutoussamy
Betting Pick: OSC Lille vs FC Nantes
Lille was excellent last year but it has lost several important players. It is questionable how new players have fit in, however, Nantes also doesn’t have the same team like last year and they got new manager rather lately, so we don’t believe that they can surprise in this away match.
Pick: Lille wins
Odds: 2.02 at betsson (down to 1.92 can be played)
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