Lille boss René Girard has run a typically tight ship since taking the reins and Ligue 1’s surprise package, who have a sensational defensive record, can be involved in another low scoring encounter against fellow league pacesetters Monaco, where a 0-0 correct score shines bright at 13/2.
The hosts are 2/1 underdogs to leave with all three points, with the draw a very strong runner at 21/10 and unbeaten Monaco favourites for victory at 7/5.
Les Dogues have kept nine clean sheets this season, more than any club in the five major European leagues
Home fans that were expecting new boss Girard, who joined from Montpellier in the summer, to ditch his defensive morals in order to play a more expansive style will have initially been disappointed but the tactics have reaped huge rewards.
Their 1-0 win over Nantes was the ninth time this season that Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has kept the sheets clean and only Southampton and Roma have conceded fewer goals than the four they’ve shipped in the major European leagues.
Since starting managing in Ligue 1, Girard teams have only conceded 59 goals in 81 home games, keeping 39 clean sheets
Girard made his name with Montpellier and twice in his four years with the club oversaw the meanest defensive record in the entire league.
He sets his teams up to be rigid and unflexible but incredibly tough to break down, and although Monaco’s eight goal hero Radamel Falcao is in fine fettle, Enyeama can marshall his defence to another shutout.
There have been more 0-0 draws in Ligue 1 this season than in any other major European league
If the Bundesliga is known as the football entertainment capital of Europe then France’s top division is a place for punters who get a kick out of steely defences and impeccable goalkeeping.
There have been 11 goalless draws already this season in Ligue 1, compared to just the one in Germany, courtesy of a stalemate between Werder Bremen and SC Freiburg, where both sides did everything but score in a match that produced 29 shots on goal.
Lille were involved in two of those 11 bore fests, firstly away at Rennes in August then holding Lyon to the same score line at the end of September.
Monaco have also registered a 0-0 this campaign when they failed to break down Toulouse in game week three.