Copenhagen is en route to playing ten games in a single month, but so far they show no signs of fatigue and their opponents would be wrong to count on weariness. Lille has the opportunity of reversing the 1-0 score in France, but their recent record is not encouraging as they failed to record a single win in four attempts.
Match: Lille vs FC Copenhagen
Bet: Lille -1,5 goals
Odds: Bet365 2.10
The first leg was won by the Danish side despite the fact that Lille dominated the first half and everything went downhill for the visitors after Payet missed a penalty. The hosts scored with less than 10 minutes before the break and from that point onward they simply defended, a tactic that they are expected to employ tonight. Cesar Santin will once again feature alongside Jorgensen in the offense, but they will play closer to midfielders, hoping to catch the French defensive off-guard.
Kalou and Payet need to step up
Lille had a rather strange starting formation with Kalou, Martin and Payet playing behind Tulio de Melo, and the striker didn’t pose any real threats. Payet came close to opening the score but following the missed penalty in the 15th minute, he lost focus and coach Garcia waited too long to replace him. His substitute was not much better and the only thing that Roux achieved was to see a yellow card, that will prevent him from playing in the return leg.
Both Kalou and Payet are expected to join de Melo upfront, with former Chelsea player being lethal on the right side. Oviedo and Bengtsson are the ones in charge of containing Salomon but their lack of experience can cost the Danish team valuable points tonight. The visitors need to defend a 1-0 lead and their record away from home suggests that they have the ability of withstanding a lengthy siege. Ariel Jacobs will start with a 4-4-2 squad that is very similar to the one he used in the first leg, with the only known change being the replacement of Bolanos with Vingaard.
Lille’s chances of reaching the group stage are not great, because they have lost their ability of keeping clean sheets when playing at home. Nancy scored twice against them in the last Ligue 1 match, because the visitors allowed them to control the game in the first half. Tonight it is a do-or-die scenario for Lille and fortunately for them they play much better when facing elimination, which explain why Bet365 keeps the odds so low. If the hosts come out firing on all cylinders and score early, the -1,5 Asian handicap can easily be covered and the odds of 2.10 are justifying the risks.