Ligue 1 – Angers SCO take on RC Lens

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Ligue 1 action on Saturday as Angers and Lens meet at the Stade Raymond Kopa – 9:00pm GMT.

Lens, remain in contention for Champion’s League qualification, sitting in second place and 18 places above twentieth placed Angers, going into the clash.

Angers SCO to host RC Lens Amid Relegation Battle

It was three points secured for Angers in their last fixture, beating AS Mónaco 2-0 at Stade Louis Ii.

Also, With nine defeats in the last 11 fixtures, Gerald Baticle’s Angers are justifiably in the bottom half of the table, very much looking at a relegation battle. Now they have 2 matches won, 9 games lost and 2 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in twentieth place, with a total of eight points having won two games, drawn two matches, and lost nine meetings.

When Angers host Lens, they will do so on the back of one win, one draw, and five losse on their own ground.

A win in this fixture would take Angers SCO’s points to 11 in the League.

Angers’s squad will likely be depleted of four of their key players when they start on Saturday, due to injury or illness.

RC Lens go into this match with 30 points secured

Lens will be keen to retain their winning form, having beaten Tolouse FC 3-0 in their last fixture.

Also, Lens keep finding ways to win, having secured nine victories in their last 13 matches is astonishing this season, which has contributed significantly to their rise up the table. They currently stand second in the League, with 30 points for a total of 9 wins, 1 losses and 3 draws having won nine fixtures, drawn three meetings, and lost one game.

Lens’ away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Angers. In the 6 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won two meetings, drawn three games, and lost one game.

Victory for RC Lens would take their points tally to 33 so far this season.

Good atacking and defensive team

So far, Lens’ defence has been outstanding, as they have conceded eight goals. Lens have a good scoring record this season, with 22 netted so far (20 from open play and two penalties). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Lois Openda (7), Florian Sotoca (6), and Wesley Said (3).

Lens’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Franck Haise, ahead of this Saturday’s fixture against their opponents.

Angers SCO v RC Lens – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen Lens with a greater number of wins. In the last 15 meetings, they have enjoyed five wins, to Angers’s four victories. Additionally, Lens have left Angers with a win on two out of three fixtures. February 2022 was the most recent time these two clashed in this competition and RC Lens took all three points winning 1-2 away.

Performance Report

For Angers, Sofiane Boufal is one of the top performing players after having scoredthree goals in 13 League games this season, while Lois Openda has nettedseven goals in 13 League matches so far for Lens.

Other standout players for Angers are Amine Salama and Adrien Hunou with three goals and three goals respectively and for Lens are Florian Sotoca and Wesley Said with six goals and three goals respectively.