We goofed. Recently, we vastly underestimated how French keeper Mike Maignan leaving for AC Milan would influence defending Ligue 1-winner Lille. Apologies.
Lille is a teach wreck. Among its flat-back again-four protection and new Brazilian keeper Leonardo César Jardim, only still left again Sven Botman is worthy of putting on a prime-flight kit.
New Lille manager Jocelyn Gourvennec is fortunate that Botman is exceptional. Gourvennec, nonetheless, had better just be renting in the Stade Pierre Mauroy community.
- Lille +130 at Saint-Étienne +230, Full 2½, Saturday, 3 pm ET
- Action: 2½ About +110
That porous Lille protection has authorized 11 shots on concentrate on in its initially two matches, and Jardim has permitted 7 of them into the again of the web.
|William Hill Sportsbook||Moneyline||Complete Targets||Intention Line|
|Lille||+130||More than 2½ +110||-½ +115|
|Saint-Étienne||+230||Underneath 2½ -140||+½ -145|
In all of Europe, the worst protection belongs to Bundesliga minnow Greuther Fürth and keeper Sascha Burchert in its first top rated-flight match, Fürth permitted 15 photographs on intention, and 5 uncovered the net.
Lille and Jardim belong in that chatter, on the other hand, and which is why we consider Saint-Étienne may possibly obvious this About all by alone in its Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Lille’s allowance of 3.5 ambitions for every 90 minutes is the worst in France, and only 7 sides are even worse in the Huge Five—although Serie A in Italy begins this weekend.
A May perhaps 2018 Replay?
There has been an typical of a few ambitions tallied in two Saint-Étienne matches. Tunisian risk gentleman Wahbi Khazri has scored two times, and Gabonese attacking midfielder Denis Bouanga has put just one on the board for Les Verts (the Eco-friendly).
For Lille, French striker Jonathan Ikone has scored a objective and Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz, fourth total in Ligue 1 final year with a goals-plus-helps 90-moment ordinary of .92, always is a risk.
Inside of Geoffroy last season, Khazri (on a penalty kick) and Ikone each scored. We assume this 1 to mirror the May well 2018 match at Geoffroy in which Saint-Étienne thrashed Lille, 5-nil.