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RC Lens make the trip to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Saturday for the Ligue 1 meeting with home team St Etienne.
All St Etienne v RC Lens match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below (including the best match odds).
St Etienne will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following the 1-4 Coupe De France success against Jura Sud Foot.
For St Etienne, the goalscorers were Mickaël Nade (5'), Arnaud Nordin (10'), Bakary Sako (82') and Ryad Boudebouz (86'). Cardoso Moura (78') was the scorer for Jura Sud Foot.
It’s been seldom in recent games where St Etienne have shown defensive steel. The facts show that St Etienne have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 10 goals along the way.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that St Etienne:
- haven't won against RC Lens in their previous 4 league games.
- haven’t won at home in the past 3 league games.
RC Lens will go into the game following a 1-0 Ligue 1 win with the defeat of Rennes in their previous game.
In that game, RC Lens managed 58% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The scorer for RC Lens was Wesley Saïd (89'). For their opponents, Stade Rennais FC had 5 attempts at goal with 0 of them on target.
In their previous 6 outings, RC Lens have helped themselves to the sum of 8 goals. RC Lens have also not failed to score on each one of those occasions. Over that period, they have seen 8 goals go against them. Such a trend won’t necessarily be continued into this next game, of course.
Their previous form shows that RC Lens:
- are undefeated by St Etienne in games played away from home for the previous 2 league matches.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 6 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 15/01/2011 shows us that St Etienne have won 1 of these games & RC Lens 3, with the tally of drawn results being 2.
A sum of 21 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 9 for Les Verts and 12 coming from Les Artésiens. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
The previous league match featuring the two was Ligue 1 match day 2 on 15/08/2021 and the score finished RC Lens 2-2 St Etienne.
On that occasion, RC Lens had 58% possession and 21 shots on goal with 7 on target. The goals were scored by Ignatius Ganago (36') and Seko Fofana (77').
St Etienne got 12 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. Wahbi Khazri (1') and Denis Bouanga (52') scored.
The referee was Amaury Delerue.
Team News: St Etienne
The St Etienne boss Pascal Dupraz will be grateful to have no fitness concerns whatsoever before this clash owing to a completely healthy squad available to select from.
We think that Les Verts should line up in a 4-4-2 system for the game and select Paul Bernardoni, Yvann Macon, Mickael Nade, T. Kolodziejczak, Miguel Trauco, Zaydou Youssouf, Mahdi Camara, Aimen Moueffek, Adil Aouchiche, Ryad Boudebouz and Jean-Philippe Krasso.
Team News: RC Lens
Thanks to a largely full-strength group of players, there’s only the lone fitness worry for the RC Lens gaffer Franck Haise to be concerned about. Mamadou Camara (Unknown Injury) misses out for this game.
There’s a good chance that Les Artésiens seem most likely to utilise a 3-4-2-1 lineup using Jean-Louis Leca, Jonathan Gradit, Kevin Danso, Facundo Medina, Jonathan Clauss, C. Oumar Doucoure, Seko Fofana, P. Frankowski, Gael Kakuta, Wesley Said and A. Kalimuendo-Muinga.
We’re inclined to think that St Etienne will have their work cut out to see themselves scoring against this RC Lens side who will likely emerge victorious.
We’re going for a hard-fought 0-1 advantage for RC Lens at the end of the 90 minutes.
Should be a close one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (42,000)
Captain: Mahdi Camara
Chairman: Bernard Caïazzo & Roland Romeyer
Manager: Pascal Dupraz
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 20, Coupe De France (1/8 Finals)
🔑 Key Player: Wahbi Khazri
Normally taking up the Striker position, Wahbi Khazri was born in Ajaccio, France. Having played his first senior match for SC Bastia in the 2008 - 2009 season, the goalscoring Forward has contributed 7 league goals in this Ligue 1 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in a total of 19 appearances.