By Eskender Tamrat

When: 2:00PM EST, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Where: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneuve-d'Ascq , France

Betting Line: OFF

TV Coverage: beIN Sports

 

Lille OSC (10-7-16) will be keen to record their first home win of 2017 when they entertain En Avant de Guingamp (12-8-13), who are yet to win away from home this year. Guingamp registered their third consecutive home win in the previous round, as they score nine goals and conceded only one in the span. Lille were looking for their own third away win in a row when they visit Stade Rennais F.C. (10-13-10) but ended up losing 2-0 courtesy of goals in the first half an hour.

Sloan Privat's goal decided the sides' corresponding fixture in favor of Guingamp back in October. The two teams have a very competitive head-to-head record. Lille are ahead with nine wins to Guingamp's eight.

Guingamp's ever-present defender Christophe Kerbrat could miss the fixture, while Lille will have to do without Yassine Benzia, Adama Soumaoro and Marko Baša.

En Avant de Guingamp

Las Costarmoricains secured a hard-fought win against another mid-table side Toulouse F.C. (10-11-12) in the previous round. Skipper Jimmy Briand finally reached the double figures by scoring the opening goal from a spot-kick in a 2-1 win for Antoine Kombouaré's side. Although they struggled to get results from their travels, Guingamp make Stade de Roudourou a fortress, as they recorded their tenth home win of the season.

There will be no remaining fixture against teams currently in European places, as they face three home games in the final five weeks of the season. Following the win against direct rivals Toulouse, Guingamp are only one point behind seventh-placed Saint-Étienne (11-12-9), a side they will face after the Lille fixture.

Lille

While Guingamp's troubles described as homesick, Lille have been dire in front of their own supporters in 2017. They only had one away win to their name when they last won at home in early December – a 2-1 success against Montpellier HSC (10-9-14). After they add four wins to the away section, the home wins still read at five.

Like their Saturday guests, Lille will also play three of the last five games at home. They will hope for a rejuvenation in the remaining home games against Guingamp, FC Metz (9-9-14) and FC Nantes (11-9-13). Their away Ligue 1 fixture list will take them to Montpellier and champion-elect AS Monaco FC (24-5-3).

Key Stats

1. Lille (2) scored the fewest goals from headers in the league this season.

2. According to WhoScored, Jimmy Briand is top of an undesired standing with 3.5 bad controls per game.

3. Guingamp's goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson is Ligue 1's best penalty saver, denying four of the nine spot-kicks he faced this term.

The Pick

Both teams have little to play for until next season but they would surely target to change the fortunes of the recent events. Guingamp have been solid at home but struggle away from home, and Lille faced the adversity of a bad home form when they were one of the good teams in the road in 2017. A draw is on the wall.

Lille 1, Guingamp 1