After an almost perfect start to the championship, Lille have won only one of their last five league games. These results have come without losing confidence, though, as the team secured their qualification for the round of 32 in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
LOSC get it done at home
Since the start of last season, Lille have won 15 home games in Ligue 1 (4 draws, 2 losses), which makes them a formidable home team as only Paris Saint-Germain (16 wins) have done better in that period. As impressive as that statistic is, in view of the weekend’s match against the Rouge et Blanc at home, Les Dogues have lost four of their last five against AS Monaco in the league. In recent years, players from the Principality have had their way in the North and will do everything to inflict only a second defeat of the season on a LOSC side who have lost only once since the start of the season, away to Brest. To go further, that result was the only defeat in all competitions for Christophe Galtier’s men since the start of the season, with Lille having not lost in their first five Europa League games. José Fonte and his teammates have taken four points against AC Milan, one against Celtic Glasgow, and six against Sparta Prague, thanks in particular to Yusuf Yazici who has been in fine form (two hat tricks in five games) and a brace from Burak Yilmaz last Thursday to complete their qualification for the knockout stage.
— L'UEFA 🇫🇷 (@UEFAcom_fr) December 4, 2020
Burak Yilmaz dethrones Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Recruited along with Jonathan David to take over from Victor Osimhen, who left for Italy, Burak Yilmaz is also Lille’s top scorer in the league this season. The former goalscorer for Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce is the first player to be decisive in seven consecutive games with Lille in Ligue 1 over the last 15 seasons, with six goals and two assists, making him the oldest player to record such a run in the top flight (at 35 years and 137 days), dethroning Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had held this record since November 2015. Ever-effective in the opposition penalty area, Lille are also dangerous from range: with four goals scored outside from outside of the area, there is no side better than them in the league. Niko Kovac’s players will have to be vigilant in all areas of the pitch if they want to clinch a fifth consecutive victory, after their four victories against Bordeaux, Nice, Paris and Nimes.
Press conference extracts
Read Niko Kovac’s pre-match press conference
Read Benoît Badiashile’s pre-match press conference
Lille OSC – AS Monaco by the numbers:
- 97: Number of matches in Ligue 1, with 38 wins for AS Monaco, 35 draws and 24 losses (137 goals scored 104 conceded).
- 48: Number of matches played in Lille, with a record of 13 wins for AS Monaco, 20 draws and 15 losses (60 goals scored, 65 conceded).
- 5-1: On September 22, 2017, AS Monaco recorded their biggest away win thanks to Stevan Jovetic, Rachid Ghezzal and a double from Radamel Falcao.
- 629: The central defenders of AS Monaco (Axel Disasi – Benoît Badiashile) and Lille (José Fonte – Sven Botman) are the two pairs of players who have exchanged the most passes in Ligue 1 (343 for the Red and White defenders, 286 for those of LOSC).
- 6: AS Monaco have won 6 of the last 7 matches against LOSC in Ligue 1 (1 draw), winning 4 times by at least 3 goals.