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Lille and FC Porto were pitted against each other for the first time in this stage of the competition and while Lille looks for a group stage place for the sixth time, Porto have not been here since 2001. Despite Lille being in rather poor form in Ligue 1 and scoring just 4 goals in 4 matches, the odds for either team to win are more or less equal.

Lille is not doing good either in the statistics department, as out of six matches against Portuguese teams they only managed to win one and lose three, as opposed to Porto against French teams. The visitors have played more than 20 times against French teams and won 12 times; managing to lose only six matches. Against Porto speaks the fact that they also didn’t manage to win any match on a European stage since the win against Austria Wien in 2013.

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Porto is just starting their Champions League adventure, while Lille had to eliminate Grasshoper after 3-1 on aggregate, thus booking a meeting with Porto. Despite being on the 7th place after two Ligue 1 rounds, Lille managed to beat Caen with a wonder goal from their latest transfer Divock Origi. Both teams are strong in the defense, but lack speed on counter-attacks, hence why it would be easy to predict not so many goals.

Girard has no injury concerns, while Lopetegui has to depend on whether Alex Sandro will pass the fitness level, and Quintero is under doubt so he might see himself start on the bench. 888sport gives Lille 2.65 odds for an outright win, Porto 2.70 and a draw between the two sides at 3.10. Under 1.5 goals is at 2.70 and an even number of goals at 1.94. We are going to bet 6 units on both teams to score at 2.04 with the same bookie.

LOSC Lille: Team’s Formation

1
Enyeama
18
F. Béria
25
Baša
14
Kjær
2
Corchia
5
Gueye
24
Mavuba
4
Balmont
10
Martin
8
Kalou
27
D. Origi

FC Porto: Team’s Formation

12
Fabiano
2
Danilo
4
Maicon
3
Martins Indi
26
Sandro
36
Neves
30
Óliver Torres
16
Herrera
7
Quaresma
9
Martínez
8
Brahimi

End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score

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