It is Lille’s miserable task to face Paris Saint-Germain shortly after the team suffered two straight losses. The match, which is part of the schedule of the seventeenth round of the French Championship 2017/2018, will be held from 14h (Brasília time) at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
PSG’s recent performance
The expectation created in relation to the unbeaten conquest of the Ligue 1 title in the current season was frustrated on the 15th day. As a visitor, PSG took 2 to 1 of Strasbourg. The second consecutive frustration occurred on Tuesday, December 5. With the possibility for the first time in history to complete the group stage of the Champions League with a 100% advantage, the club of the capital was beaten in Munich by Bayern, by 3 to 1.
Although two straight losses are clearly abnormal results in the PSG campaign, the results little or nothing changed the situation of the club in both competitions. In the French Championship, the team follows with great latitude in the leadership. He accumulated 41 points (13 wins, two draws and one loss). There are nine more than Lyon, Monaco and Olympique de Marseille, which come next.
In the Champions League, the classification for the round of 16 was assured even before the departure of Munich. Even with the defeat, PSG, who had beaten the Germans 3-0 in the first round, secured the first place of the key.
To try to resume the winning streak, coach Unai Emery has practically all the athletes at his disposal. Only the Lucas socks (five matches in the French Championship, one goal) and Thiago Motta (eight games, one goal) follow the care of the medical department.
The current form of Lille
After giving a ‘walk’ through the relegation zone, Lille managed to rebound with two consecutive victories. Away from home, surprised favorite Lyon Scoring 2 to 1 on the fifteenth day. Then, in their dominions, surpassed the Toulouse, a direct rival in the fight against the fall to the Second Division, by 1 to 0.
He managed to breathe a little more relieved in this battle. With 18 points (five wins, three draws and eight losses) it occupies the seventeenth position, the first one outside the sticking region. It has two points more than Toulouse, eighteenth placed.
To face PSG, however, one of the main attackers of the team can be left out. The Dutchman Anwar El-Ghazi (14 matches in the French Championship 2017/2018, one goal) suffered a muscle injury that took him out of the last two matches. It will still have to be reviewed again by the medical department to see if it will be able to act.
Another probable low, although of minor technical importance, is of the half Kouame N’Guessan (five games, without goal). He suffered a serious shoulder injury that took him off the pitch since the second half of October. There is no scheduled date to return.
History of the PSG vs Lille matches
PSG have not lost to Lille for 13 matches. The series started in 2012 and features ten wins from the capital’s team and three draws.
Hard to believe that a team with the power of PSG can suffer three defeats in a row. Especially at home and against an opponent whose only goal seems to be to escape from the fall to Ligue 1. Therefore, the match does not allow risk guesses. The option for the team of the French capital is the most appropriate. It has a price of 1.12 in Rivalo. Draw presents prize of 9.00. Lille, of course, is the great underdog of the seventeenth round of Ligue 1 opening the possibility of multiplying the investment by 20.00 in case of success.