Missing Players and team news:
Lille were expected to make do without Jonathan David for several weeks due to the ankle sprain he sustained against PSG, but the Canada international has made a rapid comeback and is already being put through his paces on the training pitches. However, Galtier is not expected to throw him back into the first XI for this game – especially with their battle against Lyon in the back of the manager’s mind – so David may only be able to apply for a spot on the bench alongside Yazici, who has now recovered from COVID-19. Jeremy Pied’s own ankle sprain is more of a concern, but Celik has firmly established himself as Galtier’s right-back, and Tiago Djalo is back from a suspension to boost the hosts’ defensive options anyway. Montpellier are also in terrific shape heading into this battle, as long-term absentee Ambroise Oyongo (ACL) is the only concern for Der Zakarian here. Right-back Arnaud Souquet would hope to make his 100th appearance in Ligue 1 this week, but Junior Sambia has emerged as Der Zakarian’s favoured starter on that side of the defence and will hope to build on the five assists he already boasts this term. Out of the 52 league goals that Montpellier have notched up this term, Laborde, Delort and Englishman Stephy Mavididi have struck 32 of them, although the latter is yet to provide an assist for his teammates this season.