There is a little bit of an injury crisis going on at Lille right now, and with their small squad stretched to the limits with the Europa League campaign it will mean at least three members of the second-team will be on the bench on Sunday against Lyon. All this puts the onus on Liverpool loanee Divock Origi to replicate his form of the last few games and provide Lille with an attacking threat on Sunday.
Beside Origi in attack, Coach René Girard has to choose between Nolan Roux and Michael Frey, the former missed a golden chance, put on plate by Origi, against Wolfsburg when they were 1-0 up, seconds later the Germans equalised. Roux could be benched for that reason alone. Ronny Rodelin could start just off the duo of Frey and Origi in the absence of Manchester City’s Rony Lopes and experienced playmaker Marvin Martin.
In the Lille defence, Girard is without Simon Kjaer and Pape Souaré. Franck Beria will play on the right, Djibril Sidibé to the left and former Newcastle United defender David Rozehnal partnering Marko Basa in the centre.
Lyon are unbeaten in their last four games and will be looking to make that five as they steadily climb up the Ligue 1 table. The defence will stay the same as last week’s draw with Nantes, with re-called French international Christophe Jallet at right-back and Henri Bedimo on the left.
Injuries have all but decimated the Lille midfield. Lyon are so much stronger in that area that it’s hard to see how the away side can come away with anything more than a draw on Sunday, and that would take a wonderful performance.
Lyon need to take advantage of this opportunity. It would help them close the gap at the top and they have home advantage. Nothing but a victory will be enough for OL.
Lille still has the majority of their strong defence, so they will look towards a similar gameplan to the one they played in Germany. Keep it tight, hit on the break, look for the pace of Origi to cause problems down the channels.
It’s hard to see past a home win, but it will be a very close game, it all depends if Lille have the ability to create any meaningful chances.
Lyon vs Lille kicks off at 4pm UK time and is on BT Sport.