After winning three games in a row, Lille have dropped points in both of their last games. They will be looking to bounce back when they host the inconsistent Saint-Etienne side at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in the 20th round of the French Ligue 1.
Lille are sitting in 12th place in the league table with 21 points from 6 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses. They have scored 18 goals and conceded 25 since the start of the season.
Mounir Obbadi, Yves Bassouma and Naim Sliti are the high-profile names to travel to Africa Cup of Nations this month. Yassine Benzia has a knock, but should be fit to start up top as a second striker for the hosts, and Rony Lopes could continue despite injury.
The team have been up and down the table since the start of the season, however they have kept their place around the mid-table section so far this season. Lille have collected 10 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 league games. Their last game in Ligue 1 was against Stade Rennais at home where they settled for a 1-1 draw.
Saint-Etienne are sitting in 8th place in the league table with 26 points from 6 wins, 8 draws and 5 losses. They have scored 18 goals and conceded 16 since the start of the season.
Robert Beric is sidelined with an injury, which should see Alexander Soderlund lead the line for the visitors. Leo Lacroix is serving a suspension for an accumulation of bookings, which should see Benjamin Karamoko feature at the heart of the defence.
The visitors are in a slightly better league position than the hosts, but not so much in terms of the recent form. Saint-Etienne have won only one game in their last 5 league games. The team have collected 5 points from a possible 15 in that same period. Their last game was against Nancy at home where they settled for a 0-0 draw.
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