Lille hosts Valencia in round 3 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, October 23rd at Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d'Ascq)
After a triumph in the last championship (the team won silver, and with such PSG in the league, it can be equated to the champion title), the players of Lille quickly replenished European clubs. Dabila moved to Zulte-Varegem, Fonte plays for Braga now, Thiago and Kone are already in Lyon, Pepe - in Arsenal, and Leau scores for Milan. It immediately affected the performance of the Great Danes. There are three defeats and three draws in 10 rounds of the local championship. Both matches are lost in the group. Five goals conceded and only one goal scored.
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Valencia beat Chelsea in the first round in London. Then it was beaten by Ajax at home. But Ajax is good and stable in recent years. The Dutch played in the final of the Europa League not so long ago and reached the semifinals of the last Champions League, and now they are leading in the local championship. Moreover, Ajax won both matches in the group without conceding a single goal. Therefore, current Ajax and Lille are two different values in football. After a mediocre start in LaLiga, Valencia changed a coach and started to gain shape – it doesn’t lose for five matches in a row. Why should it lose to the French who are not so formidable now?
A home field for Lille? Yes, it gained four victories in five home matches of the local championship. But to beat 10th St. Etienne or the last Strasbourg is one thing. And playing against the 7th team of the Spanish championship (in the tournament with different specifics) is another one. By the way, Lille failed to beat 18th Nimes in the last home match. And the Danes generally won only once in their last seven matches. Opponents met 4 times. The Spaniards won three games, and another one ended in a draw. Valencia is stuffed better. It is more experienced in the Euro arena. And it is in a more optimal shape than the Danes are. The Spaniards will prove it in the upcoming match, at least not losing it.
Prediction for the match: Valencia to win with +0.5 handicap