A Look At Lille

Lille are a more than decent side these days. The French club have gone eight unbeaten in their domestic season, winning five and drawing three of their eight Ligue 1 matches. As a result, they sit in second place, trailing PSG on goal difference.

They opened the Europa League group by beating Sparta Prague 4-1 away from home. The Czech side had 10 men from the 23rd minute and equalised within a minute of Lille taking the lead. However, a strong second 45 sent Lille into an unassailable lead, courtesy of Yuzuf Yazici’s hat-trick.

Contrary to popular belief, Timo Weah didn’t feature in the squad for the Prague match and has only made four second half sub appearances in the league for Lille so far, though the French club did pay £9m to secure his services.

The test will be extremely tough. A win would probably turn everything around in terms of confidence, but it’s a very big ask.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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