Ligue 1 – RC Lens face Clermont Foot

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Saturday at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, as Lens host Cleermont in the Ligue 1.

Cleermont are hopeful of taking point sand moving up the table when they visit Lens, as tenth place takes on second in the League.

RC Lens’ campaign so far has seen them accrue 33 points this season

This match sees Lens looking for a return to form, following a defeat in their last match against Angers SCO.

Also, Lens keep finding ways to win, having secured nine victories in their last 12 matches is astonishing this season, which is responsible for their Champion’s League qualification position. With a second position in the league and 10 wins, 1 losses and 3 draws, they currently have 33 points in the League having won 10 fixtures, drawn three meetings, and lost one game.

When Lens host Cleermont, they will do so on the back of seven victories on their own ground.

Victory for RC Lens would take their points tally to 36 so far this season.

Good atacking and defensive team

Defence begins with attack and Lens have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding nine goals in their previous fixtures. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this Ligue 1 season. Lens will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (24). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Lois Openda (7), Florian Sotoca (6), and Wesley Said (4).

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

Clermont Foot go into this meeting with 19 points secured

A 3rd successive, disappointing result for Cleermont will not be acceptable for Pascal Gastien’s squad. They will see this fixture as an opportunity to turn their form around after drawing 1-1 at Montpellier and 1-1 at Nantes.

Also, with two draws in two meetings, Manager Pascal Gastien has plenty to ponder, going into the next fixture, not least of which is how to get the wins he needs. With 19 points, they currently sit tenth in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 5 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws having won five matches, drawn four games, and lost five fixtures.

Cleermont’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Lens. In the 7 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won two meetings, drawn three fixtures, and lost two meetings.

Winning this fixture will see Clermont Foot on 22 points.

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

RC Lens v Clermont Foot – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Lens and Cleermont have faced each other 24 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Lens’s favour (9 – 4). In addition, Lens have won all last four games with Cleermont at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. The last time they played each other in this competition was July 2022 and the score line ended up with a 1-3 away win for Clermont Foot.

Performance Report

For Lens, Lois Openda is a top performing player who has scoredseven goals in 14 League fixtures this campaign, while Komnen Andric scoredfour goals in 14 League games this season for Cleermont.

Other standout players for Lens are Florian Sotoca and Wesley Said with six goals and four goals respectively and for Cleermont are Komnen Andric and Muhammed-Cham Saracevic with four goals both.