Ligue 1 – RC Lens at home to Tolouse FC

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Next Friday at 9:00pm GMT, on matchday 13 of the Ligue 1, we will see Lens play Tolouse at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Lens will take on Tolouse on Friday, as second takes on tenth in the League.

RC Lens go into this meeting with 27 points secured

It was a humbling defeat at the hands of Olympique de Marseille for Franck Haise’s men in their last match, they will be hoping to get something out of this game for sure.

Also, Lens keep finding ways to win, having secured eight victories in their last 12 meetings is astonishing this season, a rich vein of form that has drastically improved their Ligue 1 position. With 27 points, they currently sit second in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 8 wins, 1 losses and 3 draws having won eight games, drawn three fixtures, and lost one game.

Lens have won six fixtures of their six League matches at home this season.

A win in this fixture would take RC Lens’s points to 30 in the League.

Good atacking and defensive team

Lens have a solid defence, with only eight goals conceded in their previous games. Lens will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (19). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Florian Sotoca (6), Lois Openda (4), and Wesley Said (3).

Lens are likely to be missing five of their key players when they start Friday’s game, due to injury and illness.

Tolouse FC have 16 points to their name, going into this tie

Following a 2-2 draw against RC Strasburg, Tolouse will be hoping for more.

Also, Tolouse have developed a habit of drawing football matches this season, which is reflected by their position in the table. Now they have 4 matches won, 4 games lost and 4 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in tenth place, with a total of 16 points having won four fixtures, drawn four matches, and lost four games.

Tolouse will travel to Lens with a win record on the road that is quite unremarkable, with one win, one draw, and three defeat.

Tolouse FC will see 19 points so far this season, should they secure a win.

Good Attacking Performance

This has been a good season so far for Tolouse, in terms of goals scored (19). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Zakaria Aboukhlal (3), Brecht Dejaegere (3), and Rafael Ratao (3). Teams that leak goals on a consistent basis, don’t tend to win anything, such is the situation with Tolouse so far, having conceded 20 goals in their last fixtures so far.

Injury and illness have depleted Philippe Montanier’s Tolouse and they will likely be missing two key personnel for Friday’s match.

RC Lens v Tolouse FC – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels Lens and Tolouse have faced each other 24 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Lens’s favour (12 – 5). In addition, Tolouse have repeatedly tasted defeat at the hands of Lens in ten out of the previous 16 matches with them. The last time they played each other in this competition Blood and Gold delivered a 1-0 home win.

Performance Report

For Lens, Florian Sotoca scoredsix goals in 12 League fixtures so far, while Zakaria Aboukhlal is one of the top performing players after having scoredthree goals in 12 League matches this Ligue 1 Season for Tolouse.

Other standout players for Lens are Lois Openda and Wesley Said with four goals and three goals respectively and for Tolouse are Brecht Dejaegere and Rafael Ratao with three goals and three goals respectively.