Lille OSC vs VfL Wolfsburg Preview 14/09/2021

Lille OSC host VfL Wolfsburg at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Tuesday night as both clubs kick off their 2021/22 UEFA Champions League campaign.

The two sides have been drawn alongside RB Salzburg and Sevilla in Group G, forming one of the most open groups in this year’s competition.

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Let’s start by looking at the hosts, Lille, who have enjoyed a mixed run of results during the early stages of the season.

After beating PSG 1-0 in the French Super Cup, the reigning French champions have only managed to win one of their five Ligue 1 games.

Les Dogues have taken just five points from a possible 15 in the league, recording one win, two draws and two losses so far.

A 2-1 loss to Lorient last Friday means that Lille have now conceded a mammoth 11 goals in five Ligue 1 matches this term – scoring seven in reply.

As a result, they currently have one of the worst goal differences in the French top-flight and will surely be looking to make amends on Tuesday.

As for Wolfsburg, they are the only team in the Bundesliga with a 100% record, having won each of their opening four games this season.

The Wolves have already seen off VfL Bochum, Hertha BSC, RB Leipzig and most recently Greuther Furth this term.

Better still, they have conceded just a single goal in the process – keeping three clean sheets along the way.

Wout Weghorst bagged a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory over Furth at the weekend, taking his tally to three goals and one assists in five games across all competitions.

Head-to-head: Lille and Wolfsburg have only met each other on two occasions over the years, facing off in the 2014/15 edition of the UEFA Europa League.

The two sides played out 1-1 draw in Germany before Wolfsburg claimed an impressive 3-0 victory at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the reverse fixture.

Team news: Lille are currently sweating over the fitness of three key players – Renato Sanches, Jonathan Bamba and Timothy Weah – who have missed recent games through injury.

Wolfsburg also have three injury doubts for Tuesday’s clash, with Bartosz Bialek, Paulo Otavio and Xaver Schlager on the sidelines.

When you couple Lille’s recent form with Wolfsburg’s impressive start to the season, the away side should come away with all three points on Tuesday.

With that in mind, predicts that Wolfsburg will secure a clean-sheet victory over Lille.

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