Lille vs Olimpija Match Analysis & Prediction
20/09/2023 5:30 pm
The Europa Conference League returns on Wednesday evening when French outfit Lille host Slovenian side NK Olimpija Ljubljana at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy for their first group-stage match.
The two teams will be looking to make a winning start to life in Group A that also consists Faroe Island underdogs KI Klaksvik and Slovakian club Slovan Bratislava.
After a year away from European football, Lille managed to scrape through to the group stage of this season’s Conference League through a 3-2 aggregate victory over Rijeka in the playoff round, with Jonathan David scoring the decisive goal in extra time of the second leg.
Lens are yet to impress in their performances so far this season, picking up eight points from their opening five Ligue 1 matches, and they let a two-goal lead slip in their most recent game to draw 2-2 away against Rennes last weekend.
Les Dogues, who were competing in the Champions League last 16 just two years ago, will be confident of success against Olimpija on Wednesday as they have strung together an impressive 21-game unbeaten run at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, winning 17 of those matches and scoring at least two goals on 15 occasions in the process.
Olimpija’s hopes of ending Lille’s unbeaten home run are slim considering the Slovenian side have already suffered disappointing results in European competition this season, losing in both the Champions League and Europa League qualifiers against Galatasaray and Qarabag respectively.
However, Olimpija can now look forward to their first-ever Conference League group-stage campaign in a reletively open Group A, and will be hoping to take their solid domestic form onto the continent.
The reigning Slovenian PrvaLiga champions have won five of their opening seven matches of the new season and have scored a league-high 20 goals, netting twice in last weekend’s 2-1 home victory over Maribor.
However, Joao Henrigues’ side must rectify their away form if they wish to claim a positive result in France, as they have failed to win 10 of their 16 competitive away matches across all competitions since the turn of the year.
Lille vs. Olimpija Head to head
This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
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Lille Team News
Lille winger Adam Ounas has not represented the club since sustaining a muscle injury in the first leg of their Conference League playoff last month.
The Algerian is set to remain on the sidelines along with defender Tiago Djalo (knee), while midfielder Nabil Bentaleb (calf) is doubtful.
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Olimpija Team News
Olimpija captain Timi Elsnik missed the win over Maribor due to injury and is a doubt for Wednesday’s game, so Ivan Posavec could continue alongside Agustin Doffo and Diogo Pinto in centre-midfield.
Nineteen-year-old Marcel Ratnik became Olimpija’s youngest-ever captain against Maribor in the absence of Elsnik, and the centre-back may wear the armband again here, joining Jorge Silva, Ahmet Muhamedbegovic and David Sualehe in the back four.
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