Lille v RC Lens: Ligue 1 Match-day 10

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This Sunday sees Lille go head to head with Lens at the Stade Pierre Mauroy – Kick-off 8:45pm GMT.

When Lens visit the Stade Pierre Mauroy they will be sat in fourth place in the League. Lille, currently 8 will face an up-hill battle to handle the visitors.

Lille have 13 points to their name, going into this tie

Can Lille make it three out of three, having turned over FC Lorient 2-1 and Tolouse FC 2-1 in their last two games?

Also, Lille need to find a way to generate wins on a consistent basis, as they’ve recorded four losses in their last seven meetings. Their position is eighth in the League and they have 13 points, that is, 4W, 4L and 1D having won four games, drawn one game, and lost four matches.

When Lille host Lens, they will do so on the back of two wins and two defeats on their own ground.

A win in this fixture, would take Lille’s points from 13 to 16, so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

This has been a good season so far for Lille, in terms of goals scored (17). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Jonathan David (6), Jonathan Bamba (3), and Ismaily (2). Paulo Fonseca will know the risks of constantly leaking goals throughout the season, with 18 goals conceded so far. He needs to find a way to shore-up the defence, in order that opponents are unable to take advantage of this.

With the Ligue 1 season well into its stride, RC Lens have managed to gain 21 points

Lens will be keen to retain their winning form, having beaten Lyon 1-0 in their last fixture.

Also, Lens keep finding ways to win, having secured five victories in their last seven fixtures is astonishing this season. With a fourth position in the league and 6 wins, 0 losses and 3 draws, they currently have 21 points in the League having won six meetings and drawn three games.

Lens will travel to Lille with a win record on the road that is quite unremarkable, with one victory and three draws.

RC Lens will have secured 24 points so far this season, should they secure a win.

Good atacking and defensive team

Lens have shown a decent defensive solidity, having so far only conceded seven goals in their previous fixtures. Lens will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (17). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Florian Sotoca (6), Lois Openda (4), and Seko Fofana (2).

Franck Haise will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of two of his Lens players.

Lille v RC Lens – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels when these two rivals meet, the tendency of late has been for Lille to take all the points with 15 victories and 13 draws. In addition, in the last three fixtures between these two sides, the game has ended in a draw. Their most recent encounter in this competition was April 2022 and the score line ended up with a 1-2 away win for Blood and Gold.

Players to watch

For Lille, Jonathan David scoredsix goals in nine League fixtures this campaign, while Florian Sotoca is a top performing player who has scoredsix goals in nine League matches this season for Lens.

Other players of note for Lille are Jonathan Bamba and Ismaily with three goals and two goals respectively and for Lens are Florian Sotoca and Lois Openda with six goals both.