Lens will be hosting Lyon in a significant Ligue 1 clash at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Saturday following their upsetting defeat in the Champions League.
Lens stands just a point behind fifth-placed Reims after securing a 3-0 victory over Clermont in their previous domestic fixture, whereas Lyon struggles persist as they sit at the bottom of the table after a 2-0 loss to Lille.
Lens experienced a heavy 6-0 loss against Arsenal in their Champions League outing, marking a challenging European campaign.
However, domestically, they’ve shown resilience with an unbeaten streak of eight league matches and are just a point away from a European spot.
Their defensive improvement has been notable, recording five clean sheets in their last league games, and they aim to maintain this defensive strength against Lyon.
In contrast, Lyon’s domestic campaign has been dire, with just a single win in their 12 league games, making it their worst start in Ligue 1 this century.
After recent managerial changes, the team faces an uphill battle and is currently dealing with the prospect of relegation.
Despite showing some glimpses of improvement in recent fixtures, their attacking prowess remains limited, with Lyon scoring the fewest goals in Ligue 1 this season (nine).
In their last league meeting, Lens emerged victorious with a 1-0 win over Lyon, ending their six-match home winless run against the visiting team in Ligue 1.
Lens will miss Elye Wahi due to a red card in their previous match but may welcome back Oscar Cortes, Wuilker Furinez, and Jimmy Cabot from their respective injuries.
Their last fixture saw a win, coupled with a clean sheet, showcasing their defensive strength.
On the other hand, Lyon will be without Johann Lepenant and Corentin Tolisso due to injuries.
Their recent league win away showcased some improvement, but their attacking struggles persist.
Gradit, Khusanov, Medina;
Aguilar, Diouf, Abdul Samed, Frankowski;
Kumbedi, Diomande, O’Brien, Henrique;
Akouokou, Caqueret, Diawara;
Cherki, Lacazette, Moreira
Lens’ defensive resilience and recent form make them slight favorites against Lyon, especially considering Lyon’s struggles in front of the goal. We predict a tight contest with Lens securing a narrow 1-0 victory at home.
- Our Prediction: Lens 1-0 Lyon
Lens might edge out Lyon in a closely contested match, leveraging their defensive strength and recent form.