Lille vs. Toulouse Preview (Week 14): Lille And Enyeama, Keeps Toulouse At Bay As Clean Sheet Streaks Continue

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Updated: November 18, 2013
Lille- Vincent Enyeama

Enyeama eyes for his 12th clean sheet this season. Pitted against Toulouse, which Lille has beaten in 5 of their last 6 matches, Toulouse shall have a hard time scoring against their opponents.

 

Match Date: 24 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Grand Stade Lille Métropole

 

 

Team Form

Lille

A win over AS Monaco and a draw and a scoreless stalemate against Guingamp helped the Great Danes retain the 2nd spot in Ligue 1. Along with their impressive performance, Nigeria’s team captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama is also etching his way in the league’s history.

 

Lille’s spectacular form did not materialize if not for Enyeama’s vital contributions. He exemplifies the truth in the adage, “defence is offense.” The recent even steven finish was his 11th clean sheet this season. As for the Great Danes, this is their 8th and they dominate the league in this aspect. Keeping 8 clubs at bay—not allowing them to score and convert their penalties is a certified achievement.

 

The club’s ability to put their opponent’s scoring attacks on halt, also explains why they dominate the match’s 2 periods. Four (4) of their last matches witnessed the number of goals made dropped. The most goals by opposing clubs (including Lille) are no more than 2.5. Lille’s incredible defence is further manifested in their home matches. five (5) out of their last 6 matches ended in victory.

 

Enyeama is expected to continue his clean sheet streak in Ligue 1 and if there is anything that should worry the club, this is the fatigue factor that he (Enyeama) experiences as he just helped his international squad secure their World Cup berth.

 

Toulouse

Alain Casanova has reasons to be disappointed rather than appreciative of the draw between Toulouse and Ajaccio. It prevented them from improving their rank. Moreover, they dominated the possession and even conceded a goal.

 

Ajaccio scored early in the match courtesy of Paul Lasne. Toulouse managed to answer back prior to the end of the half time. However, despite gaining the upper hand in keeping the ball to their side, converting their scoring opportunities became a problem for the club. In addition, the draw was a lackluster approach of recovering from 2 consecutive losses. To date, the club currently occupies the 15th spot, They are just several notches above of the relegation zone and is in dire need of a victory. Yet, they are pitted against Lille.

 

Toulouse has only won once against Lille in 5 of their last 6 encounters. Such outcome pushes them to the periphery and makes them a total minnow against the Great Danes.

 

Football betting tip: Lille 1-0 Toulouse

Expect a low scoring match, with Enyeama keen on keeping another clean sheet. Definitely, this match goes into Lille’s hands.

 

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