Aston Villa vs Lille Prediction & Preview

Aston Villa vs Lille Prediction & Preview

In a highly anticipated clash, Aston Villa and Lille face off in the first leg of their UEFA Conference League quarter-final tie.

Aston Villa Overview

  • Aston Villa, back in Europe after a 13-year hiatus, have made significant strides in the Conference League.
  • They progressed as Group E winners and are now just two rounds away from next month’s final.
  • Their last-16 victory against Ajax showcased their resilience, with a tense first-leg draw followed by a commanding 4-0 win at home.
  • Villa has a remarkable record in Conference League home games this season, having won all their matches.
  • Unai Emery, their Basque manager, has an impressive history in European competitions, including three Europa League titles with Sevilla.
  • However, a recent 3-3 draw against Brentford in the Premier League raised concerns, and their focus may shift between the Conference League and the crucial domestic match against Arsenal.

Lille Overview

  • Lille, Ligue 1 champions in 2021, are first-time UEFA quarter-finalists.
  • Under ex-Roma coach Paulo Fonseca, Les Dogues play an attractive style of football.
  • While they couldn’t progress beyond the Champions League last 16 two years ago, their progressive approach has impressed in the French top flight.
  • Lille’s ability to turn draws into wins has been their only stumbling block.
  • Thursday’s clash against Villa presents a new challenge for them, and they’ll aim to make their mark in European competition.


  • Our analysis suggests that the most likely outcome is a 2-2 draw between these two sides.
  • Both teams have their strengths, and it promises to be an exciting encounter.
  • The clubs last met in the now-forgotten Intertoto Cup back in 2002, but this time, much more is at stake.