Lille prepares to take on Angers this Wednesday at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Lille have had a good run so far in this campaign expect to continue with their winning ways.
Angers have been quite inconsistent in the games they have played so far this season. They are currently in 9th place in the Ligue 1 table.
Angers played well in their match against Marseille with a 2-1 victory, and therefore expect to put in the same effort to become victorious against Lille.
Lille have racked up 36 points in 17 matches so far this season and are second in the Ligue one table, ahead of PSG by one point.
Lille vs Angers H2H matches
Surprisingly, Angers have an excellent form against Lille, winning five out of 10 games in their last meetings. Lille have only managed to beat Angers in three games and hope to have a fourth win against them.
Lille will miss two key players, Luiz Araujo and Renato Sanches, are sidelined due to injuries. The club has no suspended players.
Angers will miss the services of Souleyman Doumbia after he was suspended in their match against Marseille after picking his 5th yellow card.
The club is also likely to be without Sada Thioub, Rachid Alioui, Ibrahim Amadou, Romain Thomas and Sofiane Boufal who are currently recovering from injuries.
Lille vs Angers Possible lineups:
Lille: Maignan; Celik, Fonte, Botman, Mandava; Ikone, Andre, Soumare, Bamba; Yazici, Yilmaz
Angers: Bernardoni; Manceau, Traore, Thomas, Capelle; Coulibaly, Mangani; Thioub, Fulgini, Lage; Diony
Last season, Lille were unlucky to qualify for a Champions League position finishing the league a point behind Rennes. The results seemed to have motivated Christophe Galtier to perform even better this season.
A win for Lille on Wednesday night will take them to top of the Ligue 1 table depending on how Lyon fairs against Lens.
Sports Evolve predicts a win for Lille.
Manager hints at date for Kylian Mbappe to complete Real Madrid transfer
Carlo Ancelotti seems to have hinted at a move for Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe.
The Frenchman’s deal at PSG is coming to an end, and he will be one of a slew of rising free agents available next summer.
Kylian Mbappe is expected to have a lengthy list of suitors if he does not sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes, but it’s possible that Madrid is already assured in getting this trade done.
Ancelotti wanted to focus on his team’s goals for this season when asked about ambitions to sign Mbappe.
He did, however, specify a possible move date for Mbappe to the Bernabeu.
“I don’t know. We think we will continue to fight for titles,” he told reporters, as quoted by Goal.
“It’s an interesting moment because we’re back in La Liga, we have the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. It’s an important moment.
“[Moving for Mbappe is] the last thing to do, which I think is what will happen on June 30.”
After a rough few years, signing Mbappe on a free transfer may be a game-changer for Real.
Real Madrid are no longer the powerhouse they were few years back, when Zinedine Zidane led them to three consecutive Champions League finals, with Ronaldo still at the side and at his prime.
However, if they can sign Mbappe, it will be a significant show of purpose, especially given how poorly their main rivals, Barcelona, are failing right now.
Los Blancos are famed for bringing in Galacticos, and Mbappe is destined to become one of the top stars in international football.
Confirmed: PSG agree to a record deal to sign Achraf Hakimi
Inter full-back Achraf Hakimi has signed a record deal with Paris Saint-Germain.
Mauricio Pochettino and PSG were interested in signing the defender, who only joined Inter last summer.
In his debut season with Inter, Hakimi won the League Title, impressing throughout the season, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists.
Chelsea were also interested in Hakimi and made their own proposal, according to reports. PSG, on the other hand, increased their offer and are now on the verge of signing Hakimi ahead of the Blues.
According to ESPN, PSG has agreed to make Hakimi the most expensive full-back in history, paying around £60 million for the brilliant defender.
Hakimi accepted a personal terms with PSG a month ago and is expected to join Pochettino in Ligue 1.
The 22-year-old will sign a five-year contract and is likely to debut right away under Pochettino.
Hakimi will be officially introduced as a PSG player next week. His Morocco’s international career has taken him all over the world, with spells at Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
PSG is on the lookout for new players after losing the Ligue 1 title to Lille and falling short of their long-term goal of winning the Champions League.
Hakimi will be the club’s third major summer signing, after Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Antonio Conte resigned as Inter’s manager in May after being enraged by the club’s plan to offload up to £70 million worth of its best players.
Inter have only made one acquisition this summer, the free transfer of midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, after appointing Simone Inzaghi as Conte’s replacement.
Lille claim Ligue 1 title to break PSG’s dominance
PARIS (Reuters) – Lille clinched their first Ligue 1 title since 2011 as they beat Angers 2-1 away on Sunday, becoming only the second club since 2013 to break Paris St Germain’s dominance.
A goal by Jonathan David and a Burak Yilmaz penalty put Christophe Galtier’s side on 83 points, one ahead of defending champions PSG, who had won seven of the eight previous titles and snatched a 2-0 win at Stade Brest.
“It was a long, tough day, we were under a lot of pressure and beating PSG on the last day is outstanding,” said Galtier, who could be leaving the club after four seasons in charge following a change of president during the season.
Monaco secured third place with 78 points and a spot in the Champions League despite a 0-0 draw at RC Lens as Olympique Lyonnais slumped to a 3-2 home defeat by Nice to finish fourth on 76 and will enter the Europa League.
Olympique de Marseille drew 1-1 at Metz after the teams traded penalties deep into stoppage time as they ended up fifth on 59 points to also secure a Europa League place.
Stade Rennes, sixth on 58 thanks to a 2-0 home victory against Nimes, qualified for the Europa Conference League.
Nantes finished 18th after a 2-1 home defeat by Montpellier and go into a playoff against Ligue 2 side Toulouse. Nimes and Dijon were already relegated.
Troyes and Clermont have been promoted to the top flight.
All eyes, even those of PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi through his phone, were on Lille’s game at Angers as a failure to win by the northerners would have handed the capital side another League title provided they beat Brest.
But there was little suspense as Lille were 2-0 up at halftime thanks to David’s cool finish and Yilmaz’s spot kick.
Angelo Fulgini reduced the arrears in stoppage time for Angers.
PSG struggled against Brest and were lucky to reach the interval with a 1-0 advantage after Angel Di Maria’s curled corner kick was deflected into his own net by Romain Faivre after Neymar had missed a penalty.
Kylian Mbappe added another in the second half at the end of a sharp counter attack to finish as the season’s top Ligue 1 scorer with 27 goals.
“We lost the title. I’m only a player so it’s not up to me to say what we should do apart from focusing on the future,” said Mbappe.
Lille’s compact and efficient style was rewarded at the end of a nail-biting season as the Turkish trio of Zeki Celik, Yusuf Yazici and Yilmaz worked wonders.
Galtier’s side, who were five points behind PSG after 10 games, took the lead at the top for good with seven matches left when Jonathan David earned them a 1-0 win at the Parc des Princes.
They gave PSG a lifeline when they drew 0-0 at St Etienne last weekend, leaving the defending champions one point behind them.
But the consistency of Lille, who were never outside the top three after matchday five, eventually bore fruit.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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