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Keep it rolling!

Published on the 20 February 2016 à 20:00 by R.B

After the big win over Stade Malherbe, OL travel to Lille with the firm intention of continuing on their positive dynamic… LOSC have been running a tight ship of late and are coming off a draw at the Parc des Princes…

So far this season, OL haven’t managed to notch four league wins in a row… unlike last season, when they won seven on trot between Weeks 16 and 22! A fourth consecutive win - especially one clinched in the North - would say a lot about the progress the team has made since the beginning of January, and confirm the squad's potential to figure strongly in the final sprint, which is already shaping up as ultra-competitive. A win in Lille will be capital, knowing that AS Monaco are facing ESTAC Troyes, the Girondins and Nice will be battling over three points and FC Nantes will travel to Corsica… while, in the afternoon, Marseille and Saint-Etienne have a big appointment at the Stade Vélodrome… Week 27 could blow a very fortunate wind OL's way.

Last week, LOSC showed their solidity at the Parc faced with a much-changed Paris side already looking ahead to their Champions League duties. Lille managed to hold tight despite the absences of Boufal, Obbadi and Eder, 'keeper Enyeama and the central defensive pairing of Civelli/Soumaoro allowing no-one to pass. On the flanks, Corchia and Sidibé weighed in both in attack and defence. They have hard-working midfielders ( (Mavuba, Balmont, Obbadi) as well as the youth of Amadou. Up front, we all know Benzia, Bauthéac… and we know what Boufal is capable of. Les Dogues can justfifably aim for higher than their current ranking of 13th, a vestige of their terrible start to the season under Hervé Renard, since replaced by Frédéric Antonetti. LOSC are also into the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, to be played against PSG in April…

OL let loose against Stade Malherbe, scoring but also allowing the Normandy side too many scoring chances. There is no question that things are going better in the OL squad these days, and the team is collecting the points to prove it. With just one match to play per week until the end of the season, Bruno Genesio can work on his team all week long and still have freshness in his starting XI. He just needs to keep the rest of the squad - or most of the squad, given that Malbranque and Mavuemba are no longer being called up - implicated. The OL boss has freedom of choice in every line as he considers his starting line-up for each match. Current form, the opponents' specifics… these are parameters on which to base selection decisions, knowing that the bench will have its role to play. Unfortunately, Corentin Tolisso, just recently returned to his best form, is injured and will be missing…

There are plenty of risks at play on this trip to the North, but the rewards could be great… ahead of the eagerly anticipated clash with PSG. Very promising…

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