Lille will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run of form in Ligue 1 to nine matches when they continue their campaign at home to Lorient on Wednesday night.
The home side are currently 10th in Ligue 1, having picked up just 29 points from their opening 20 matches of the season, while Lorient occupy 18th, level on points (17) with 17th-placed Troyes.
Les Dogues have won seven, drawn eight and lost five of their 20 league matches this term to collect 29 points, which has left them in 10th spot in the table, some 21 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Lille are only eight points behind third-placed Marseille, though, and will believe that they are capable of moving up the division in the coming weeks, especially as their recent form has been impressive.
Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side are on a eight-game unbeaten run in France’s top flight, including three wins from their last five matches, and they played out a 1-1 draw with Marseille on Sunday.
Lille have won two of their last three Ligue 1 meetings with Lorient but suffered a 2-1 defeat when they travelled to the strugglers for the reverse match back in September.
Lorient’s Armand Lauriente celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on September 10, 2021© Reuters
Lorient, meanwhile, currently occupy 18th position in Ligue 1, having collected 17 points from their opening 20 matches of the season, recording just three wins in the process.
Les Merlus, who finished 16th in France’s top flight last term, will enter this match off the back of successive draws with PSG and Angers either side of the winter break.
Lorient have not actually been victorious in the league since beating Nice on September 22, but they have shared the points on eight occasions this season and have not been cut adrift towards the bottom.
Indeed, there are only two points separating the visitors from Metz in 15th, meaning that a couple of positive results could easily move them out of the relegation zone.
Christophe Pelissier’s side have the worst away record in Ligue 1 this season, though, drawing four and losing six of their 10 matches, scoring just seven goals in the process.