An exciting match should be on the cards on Tuesday, when Lille bid welcome to Salzburg at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Decision time is coming up in the group stages of the Champions League this season, as we enter round five. Lille are not exactly setting the world on fire when talking about goals with an average of 1.2 goals per 90 minutes at present in the Champions League.
On the plus side, they surely do not concede many either, with an average of 1.1 goals against. Such a defence is tough to penetrate and makes them a favourite against Salzburg on Tuesday.
Only the most optimistic of fans dare dream, Salzburg can actually go deep in the Champions League when facing up to serious competition. Claiming a third place in the group stages would already be considered a triumph. Right now, though, they are in with a serious shot at taking a sensational first place.
Lille vs Salzburg stats and analysis
The bookmakers have the two teams more or less evenly matched in the betting market. Betting on Lille will pay out at 2.50, as bookies predict Lille are in with a 40% chance of beating Salzburg. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.50 on offer, while an away win for Salzburg pays out at 2.75.
Lille go into their fifth Champions League group match on 5 points. To see the next round, they need to go all-in chasing a win. A draw is enough, though, to stay in the race for advancement, as this have proven a very tight group.
With 7 points from their initial four Champions League outings, Salzburg remains within reach of the knock-out stages. They probably need a win to claim first place in the end, but a draw in 5th round match could do the trick, with a bit of luck.
Facts and figures for Lille vs Salzburg in Champions League.
- Lille did not win the last 10 matches in a row at home;
- Lille conceded in the last 11 of 13 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Lille's last 2 of 4 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Lille's last 4 at home matches in the row.
- Salzburg conceded the last 21 matches in a row;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Salzburg's last 12 of 14 matches;
- Salzburg scored the last 10 matches in a row when playing away;
- Salzburg conceded the last 10 matches in a row when playing away.
Lineup Lille vs Salzburg
Current form — Lille v. Salzburg
Lille look in good shape before their upcoming match, as they seek to remain unbeaten. They started, taking out Seville in a 2-1 win, before a 1-1 draw followed against Angers. Their most recent outing resulted in a 2-2 draw in a hard fought encounter with Monaco.
Salzburg have seen it all in their last 3 matches, which brought home 4 points. Against Wolfsburg, they came out empty-handed in a 2-1 defeat, whereafter they avenged themselves in a 1-0 win against Austria Wien. Their latest match saw them sharing the spoils in a 0-0 draw against Admira Moedling.
Lille v. Salzburg — fixture history
In the most previous encounter between Salzburg and Lille, the former managed to hold on to a tight 2-1 win. Lille have been able to win 0% of their last 1 encounter against upcoming Salzburg in the Champions League. In other words, they have a 0-0-1 recent record, with the latter winning 100% of the matches.
The bookmakers have the two teams more or less evenly matched in the betting market. Betting on Lille will payout at 2.50, as bookies predict Lille are in with a 40% chance of beating Salzburg. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.50 on offer, while an away win for Salzburg pays out at 2.75.
Lille will look to Jonathan David to once again add some much-needed goals to the scenario. He has been their most prolific marksman, with 5 goals in their previous 6 matches. It is tempting to look for Karim Adeyemi to shine once again for Salzburg, as he has been their most prolific marksman with 5 goals in their previous 6 games.