In the first match in qualifications for the UEFA Champions League, Grasshoppers will host Lille.
Grasshoppers started terrible in Swiss Super League and after two rounds they did’t earn a single point. First, they lost against city rivals Zurich 1-0 in the first round and the second lost came against Thun 2-3 at home 4 days ago.
The home team have played 5 preparing matches before the start of the Super League and they have managed to win Wohlen and Wil (both teams are playing in Swiss Challange League – the second Swiss league), while Winterthur, Thun and Spartak Moscow beat them.
Grasshoppers finished the last season at the second position. They have decent squad, but it seems like they aren’t in the best form.
Lille finished at the 3rd position in French Ligue 1, behind champion PSG and Monaco. In the next season PSG and Monaco will be again the main candidates to win the title, while Lille have small chances, so Champions League is their priority. The most of players from the last season will stay in the club, including their main star Salomon Kalou.
Lille didn’t have enough time to prepare well for this game. They have played three friendly matches: lost against Zenit 0-1 and Jihlava 0-1, while in the last match they beat Maccabi Haifa 2-0, seven days ago.
The strongest part in Lille’s squad is their defence. They had the second best defence in Ligue 1 last season, conceded “only” 26 goals on 38 matches.
Lille is the favorite to qualify in the next round of qualifications for Champions league and they are also favorite in the first match and could win tonight, but they would be also satisfied with draw.
Away win wrapped in “draw no bet” looks like a good betting option.
Grasshoppers vs Lille Betting Tip: 2 dnb @ 1.73 (Bet365)
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