Saturday, 25 February 2017

Lille - Bordeaux

PICK: Lille AH -0,25 @2,16 PINNACLE 5/10

Match between 14th and 7th placed team in French Ligue 1 will be played on closed Pierre-Mauroy in Lille and will start at 20:00.

Lille is coming to match after important 3 points against Caen in last round. Before that, they lost 3 matches in a row and as they are still only 2 points above the danger zone, they need to win more points. After disappointing defeat against Angers at home they sacked coach Collot, and Passi lead them against Caen. Marcelo Bielsa, one of the best tacticians in the world will be in charge of the team from July on, and I believe that players will already try to prove their quality also to him. They brought some quality players during winter transfer window, and I think that they won't be directly involved in relegation battle. Besides, Eder, Palmieri, Kishna and Lopes are all back in the squad!

Bordeaux is playing pretty good lately. In last round they won against Guingamp with 3-0, their attack is lead by Brazilian Malcom who's form is fantastic recently. Gourvennec was talking highly about his best player, and I think that Lille knows exactly who they need to stop. One of best individuals - Rolan, is still out of the team.

Important match for Lille, who as mentioned above needs to win as much points as possible in this period, because waiting to last matches could be too risky. After this match they have two away league matches in Toulouse and Nancy. Bordeaux is playing against Lorient in cup, while Lille will face Bergerac. I believe that Bordeaux will be easier fighting on two fronts, as they have 39 points (10 more than Lille) and anyway, they are facing toughest opponent than Lille as well. Through the cup, they could reach European matches, and I wouldn't be surprised if they will think a little about Tuesday's match already. I think that odds on -0,25 are pretty high, and everything above 2,00 is valuable for me.

FT: 2-3

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