OSC Lille Vs FC Sochaux – The first match of the 34th round of French Ligue 1 is also one of the most interesting, because two teams that both need points meet, each for their own reason. More precisely, domestic Lille in the finish of this season tries in every way to reach third place, which is the last one that leads in the Champions League, while guests from Sochaux struggles frantically to survive among the best. In last five mutual matches Lille has had more success and won twice, while three matches ended with a draw. Begins: 26.04.2013 – 20:30 CET
Of course, the hosts will and this time tries to win at home, because that is the only way to remain in the race for third place they want so badly, which is currently held by Lyon that has three points more than them. Coach Garcia players indeed have the capacity to reach this goal, which is best confirmed by their performances in last four rounds where they won even 10 points. However, last weekend in the away game against Bastia they had a lot of luck, because they scored even two goals in last 10 minutes, and thus come to a very important victory with result of 2-1. That’s why in this match with Sochaux, which will be played in front of their fans, we expect that from the first minute start more aggressively in order to score a goal as soon as possible, and also win three very important points in battle for the very top. It is certain that the announced return of recovered captain Mavuba in the midfield means a lot for them, while on the other hand and this time due to injuries two attackers, de Mel and Mendes, will be out of the team.
Probable lineups OSC Lille: Elana – Beria, Chedjou, Basa, Digne – Gueye, Mavuba – Kalou, Martin, Payet – Roux
Unlike Lille, in the round before Sochaux at home merely drew with Bordeaux, in the game in which they twice had a lead. It only tells us that they still don’t have the winning spirit, which is one of reasons why they are in position that leads to the lower rank. More precisely, only two teams are positioned below them five rounds before the end of the championships, which lag for eight and four points, while ahead of them are Evian and Nancy, that have on point more. Because of this we should expect that coach Hely’s players in all remaining matches play on all or nothing, and that means they will have to set up somewhat more offensively than usual in the match against advancing Lille. However, they are aware that it can have fatal consequences, so the midfield will have to do the hard work, and be ready from the beginning to prevent swift counterattacks of Lille’s strikers. Regarding the team, in this round they cannot count on injured midfielder Traore and striker Thigh, while for the same reason is questionable appearance of the first goalie Cros.
Probable lineups FC Sochaux: Pouplin – Corchia, Carlao, Kante, Roussillon – Lopy, Doubai, Nogueira – Boudebouz – Sio, Bakambu
OSC Lille Vs FC Sochaux Pick
No matter that guests have their feet in the fire, local players will certainly give their best in this match to win with much-needed points in battle for the Champions League.
Odd: 1.45 - William Hill