- Lille won five and drew two of their last seven matches.
- Sparta Prague scored at least once in 18 of their last 20 UEL home fixtures.
- Lille are unbeaten in six away games in all competitions.
In-form Lille to nab three points
Unbeaten in seven games and flying high at the top of Ligue 1, Lille have been fast starters this season, and Les Dogues will be aiming to show their Group H competitors how strong their bite is in what looks a winnable Europa League opener in Prague this week.
Lille’s opponents Sparta, have vast experience at this level, though their failure to make the Group Stage in last year’s UEL iteration suggests that the Rudí might not be quite the threat they once were.
With veteran attacker Burak Yilmaz, the emerging Jonathan Ikone, and the productive Jonathan Bamba all combining to good effect, Lille look a well-functioning unit at present, and Christophe Galtier’s in-form side look an excellent price to win in Prague on Thursday.
Our 2-1 correct score prediction backs Sparta to notch a consolation however. The Czech Republic giants found the net at least once in 18 of their last 20 Europa League home assignments, and while a win looks beyond them, they can at least, enhance that impressive record further.