PSG face Lille in the Coupe de la Ligue final at Stade the France on Saturday, April 23.
PSG appear to be favorites according to the money lines but the Parisians didn’t look solid recently. Instead of confident victory over Lorient, Ibra and Co gained close 0-1 victory and their performance was far from superb. Ibra had to do all by himself, scoring the winner without involvement of the teammates, while Lorient created at least five chances and Sirigu was lucky to end the match with a clean sheet. PSG’s defense had an awful game without David Luiz, Tiago Motta and Trapp. Lorient had no troubles to make it passed the defense with counterattacks or build-ups and they were always few inches short from beating the keeper.
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It’s going to be tough to record another clean sheet with such poor performance in defense. The mentioned trio is still unavailable while today’s opponent, Lille, are much stronger side that Lorient. Les Dogues took 6 wins Ligue 1 wins in a row and now they can be considered as a top-3 contenders. It’s impressive result as the team was only 3 points above the drop zone in February. Lille scored 16 goals in these 6 matches, including 4 to Monaco, currently second. Lille’s leaders Boufal and Eder are in impressive conditions, combining 8 goals and 6 assists in last 5 matches. The team doesn’t create numerous chances but they are crucial at the opponents’ goal and won’t let created opportunities go to waste.
Lille scored in 9 out of last 15 clashes with PSG while PSG allowed at least a goal in 7 of their 13 recent matches of Ligue 1. Moreover, the Parisians allowed a goal in 5 out of 6 games against top-8 Ligue 1 teams. This is why it’s reasonable to expect at least a goal from Lille. Current conditions of PSG’s offence and impressive form of Lille attacking line increase chances of this pick. PSG thrashed Bastia in the last year final but the Corsicans were a man down from 20th minute but two years ago the final match ended with 2-1 victory of PSG against Lyon.
Prediction for match: Lille to score – yes.