Lille vs Valencia: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:05 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 8:05 PM UTC

Valencia look well priced to win this match...
<div><h2>Lille vs Valencia</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow"><strong>Wednesday, October 23, at Stade Pierre-Mauroy</strong></a></p><p>Lille are bottom of Group H after losing 3-0 away at Ajax and 2-1 at home to Chelsea. They are winless in four games in all competitions and a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Toulouse on Saturday saw them drop to sixth in the Ligue 1 table. That does not augur particularly well for the visit of a Valencia side that are starting to find their feet under new boss Albert Celades. They beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on their Champions League opener, before losing at home to Ajax. That defeat was bruising, but they are playing well in La Liga and picked up a strong draw away at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Lille defied the odds to finish second in Ligue 1 last season and that saw them secure a coveted Champions League berth. However, they sold star player Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal in the summer, while strike Rafael Leao went to AC Milan, Thiago Mendes went to Lyon and a couple more first team players left. They spent around €90 million bolstering their squad, but their most expensive recruit – Renato Sanches – is injured, as is another new arrival in Timothy Weah. Yusuf Zazici cannot get in the team, and the only newcomer that regularly starts is striker Victor Osimhen. Nanitamo Ikone is their best player and it will be up to Valencia’s Francis Coquelin and Geoffrey Kondogbia to negate the threat he poses in midfield.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Valencia welcomed key holding midfielder Kondogbia back from injury in the game against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. That gives the team a huge boost, while Carlos Soler and Kevin Gameiro also returned to action following lengthy layoffs. However, forward Rodrigo was out with a muscle injury, Gioncalo Guedes has a sprained ankle and full-backs Jose Gaya and Cristiano Piccini remain long-term casualties. Maxi Gomez started up front in the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid, with Dani Parejo, Denis Cheryshev and Ferran Torres supporting him. Gabriel is a bit of a liability at the back, but Ezequiel Garay is pretty solid and Jasper Cillessen has started well in goal for Valencia.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Valencia should take confidence from the performance they gave at Stamford Bridge last month. The defeat to Ajax was disappointing, but they have rallied well since then. They beat Alaves 2-1 before the international break and they picked up a very creditable 1-1 draw with Atletico at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. They have a very strong midfield and plenty of creativity going forwards, so they should be able to go on and win this game against a Lille side that are in poor form.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="William Hill">Valencia draw no beat at 1.85 (17/20) with William Hill</a></strong></p></div>
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