After facing a hard task to their title defense, Lille looks to turn their fortunes in the Champions League group stages this week against Wolfsburg. The match schedules for Tuesday at the Stade Pierre Mauroy with kickoff at 10 pm.
Both sides come off contrasting forms in their respective domestic forms. Lille comes off a disappointing 2-1 loss to Lorient. On the other hand, Wolfsburg registered a 2-0 win over Greuther Furth in the Bundesliga.
Jocelyn Gourvennec knew it would be a hard task taking over Christophe Galtier after a title-winning season. Things seemed to look up for the Les Dogues after coming off the mark at the fourth attempt against Montpellier HSC before the international break.
Last time, Lille traveled to Lorient with the hopes of maintaining their 17 unbeaten streaks. In contrast, their opponents sought to win their sixth home game in a row.
However, Lille’s record was broken after Armand Lauriente and Terem Moffi equalized Burak Yilmaz’s penalty. In addition, five of the side’s last six appearances in the Champions League ended in the group stages.
Mark van Bommel is enjoying life in Bundesliga. This marks their first time in the Champions League since finishing second place in the 2014-15 season campaign. The side finished fourth in the Bundesliga to earn an automatic spot in the group stages. The last time both sides locked horns was in the 2014-15 Europa League.
Lille vs Wolfsburg Head to Head
Both sides have two games against each other with Wolfsburg with one win while Lille without a win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Lorient 2-1 Lille
- Lille 2-1 Montpellier
- Saint-Etienne 1-1 Lille
- Lille 0-4 Nice
- Metz 3-3 Lille
- Greuther Furth 0-2 Wolfsburg
- Wolfsburg 3-3 Hannover 96
- Wolfsburg 1-0 RB Leipzig
- Hertha BSC 1-2 Wolfsburg
- Wolfsburg 1-0 Vfl Bochum
Lille Team News
The defeat to Lorient brought up some injuries include Timothy Weah, Domagoj Bradaric, and Jonathan Bamba. In addition, midfielder Renato Sanchez will continue on the sidelines for at least two weeks now. Right-back, Zeki Celik missed the weekend encounter with a calf injury. However, he might be available for selection.
Wolfsburg Team News
Their last encounter saw the return of full-backs Kevin Mbabu and Jerome Roussillon starts on the bench. The wide flanks are open for Renato Steffen and Dodi Lukebakio.
Prediction and Odds
The opponents are looking on a high form given their defensive masterclass in their last encounters.
- Wolfsburg Win
- Goals Under 2.5
- No Score: Home