A struggling Lille side will host Sevilla in a crucial Champions League Group G matchup. Lille will attempt to hand Sevilla just its second defeat of the season but the Spanish side has been excellent on the road this season.
The current soccer lines imply this will be one of the most competitive matchups of the week. A draw in this match, at +220, has the shortest odds of any in the sixteen-game Champions league slate.
Game: LOSC Lille vs Sevilla FC
Location: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France
Date/Time: Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. ET
Lille vs Sevilla Betting Preview
Lille Struggling to Defend its Ligue 1 Title
Lille’s rough start to the season continued as it fell 1-0 to Clermont Foot away from home. Les Dogues have found little success on the road this season, with just one win in seven matches.
At home, Lille has actually been one of the better soccer betting picks, but the highs from last season have been few and far between.
One big positive has been the play of Canadian forward Jonathan David. In Lille’s title-winning campaign last season, David managed a solid 13 goals in 37 Ligue 1 matches. Through 10 matches this season, David has already scored six goals and been a nightmare for opposing defenses.
However, 36-year old striker Burak Yilmaz hasn’t replicated his goal scoring form from the previous year and has just three goals in nine matches in all competitions. Yilmaz did however bring Lille within one goal of RB Salzburg in a 2-1 Champions League loss and scored for Turkey during the international break.
Another aging player, 37-year old Jose Fonte, is a mainstay in the side and his center back partner, Sven Botman is injured and will miss this match.
Through two matches, Lille is in last place in Group G and desperately needs a result to keep its knockout stage hopes alive.
Sevilla Has Knockout Stage Ambitions
Sevilla’s eight game undefeated run in all competitions came to an end as it fell 1-0 to Granada just before the October international break. While Sevilla’s goal scoring record isn’t anything to write home about, it has been excellent defensively.
Currently third place in La Liga, Sevilla has conceded just three goals in eight matches and kept five shutouts. No opponent in La Liga nor the Champions League has put more than one goal past a defense headlined by French international Jules Kounde, who is drawing interest from Europe’s top clubs.
Goalie Yassine Bounou kept 15 clean sheets last season, third in La Liga, and is seriously underappreciated. A notoriously tough team to beat, Sevilla has kept pace in La Liga despite five of its eight matches coming on the road.
While Sevilla wasn’t able to snatch a victory on the road at Wolfsburg, as predicted, the visitors did come away with a crucial point. Ivan Rakitic’s 87th minute penalty leveled the score and kept Sevilla in a good position in the group.
A win vs Lille could potentially vault Sevilla, who’s been a solid pick for betting online, to the top of the group.
Sevilla has drawn both of its Champions League matches by a 1-1 scoreline and been difficult to break down. Lille, is coming off its fifth loss of the season in all competitions but is only a couple of weeks removed from an impressive 2-0 win over Marseille.
Lille drew 0-0 with Wolfsburg in its Champions League opener and fell to RB Salzburg in its last match. The French side is undefeated in its last four home matches in all competitions and can’t afford to drop this one.
I expect Sevilla to continue to play measured and organized as a draw wouldn’t at all be a bad result away from home. With only one home match remaining in the Group Stage, the time for Lille to pick up all three points is now.
With a result absolutely imperative for Lille, bet on the French Champions to cover the +½-goal spread at home at -155 odds in the sportsbook.