In this exciting Ligue 1 encounter, last season’s runners-up Lens travel to the Stade du Moustoir to take on Lorient, who have faced recent struggles.
Lens, after a dismal start to the season, has made a significant recovery.
They began the campaign in the bottom two, failing to secure a win in their first six games.
However, their Champions League draw against Sevilla appeared to ignite their resurgence.
Now, Lens enjoys an eight-game unbeaten streak, including a memorable victory over Premier League giants Arsenal in their first home Champions League match in nearly two decades.
This resurgence in European competitions has evidently contributed to their improved domestic form.
While Lorient had a promising start to the season, including impressive draws against the current top two teams and a dominant win over Lille, their form has declined significantly.
In their following seven games, they secured just one victory and conceded a substantial 18 goals.
Although Lorient’s league position is lower, their home form remains strong, with eight of their 10 Ligue 1 points this season coming from matches at the Moustoir, with only one loss.
However, Lorient has faced challenges, particularly after the departure of key players like Terem Moffi and Enzo Le Fee, impacting their performance in Ligue 1.
Lorient is grappling with a crisis in the injury department, with as many as seven first-team players sidelined.
They are eager to have Bamba Dieng back from a groin injury, but he has been out of action for nearly three months.
In Lens, injuries are a concern as well, with thigh issues sidelining several players. Jimmy Cabot is nearing a return from a serious knee injury but is not ready for first-team action.
On the pitch, Przemyslaw Frankowski has rediscovered his form, providing crucial assists, notably for Elye Wahi.
Confirmed Lineups (Predicted):
Lorient Possible Starting Lineup:
- Mendy, Talbi, Toure;
- T Le Bris, Abergel, Bakayoko, Yongwa;
- Faivre, Kroupi, Tosin
Lens Possible Starting Lineup:
- Gradit, Danso, Medina;
- Frankowski, Abdul Samed, Diouf, Machado;
- Sotoca, Wahi, Thomasson
Despite Lens’ recent unbeaten run, they have had their fair share of draws this season. Lorient’s strong home record makes them a tough opponent.
- We predict a 1-1 draw in what may be a closely contested match.
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