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The Ligue 1 clash at Stade Gabriel-Montpied on Saturday sees home side Clermont Foot locking horns with RC Lens.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Clermont Foot v RC Lens, scroll down - plus the latest match odds.
Clermont Foot fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 1-0 Ligue 1 victory versus FC Lorient.
In that match, Clermont Foot had 56% possession and 17 shots at goal with 6 on target. The only player to score for Clermont Foot was Shamar Nicholson (69'). Lorient got 10 shots at goal with 3 of them on target.
Their latest results really do illustrate the point that quality has been evident in the Clermont Foot rearguard. Clermont Foot have given the opposition little, resulting in the tally of goals that have gone in at their end during their past 6 outings standing at 4.
Ahead of this clash, Clermont Foot have not beaten RC Lens in their previous 8 league matches.
RC Lens go into this meeting after a 1-0 Ligue 1 win vs Marseille in their last match.
In that match, RC Lens had 47% possession and 14 shots at goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for RC Lens was Jonathan Gradit (90'). Marseille had 8 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
Over the course of 5 of the past six clashes involving RC Lens, a notably low volume of goals have been struck between them and their opponents. The overall average number of goals per game during that spell comes out as a meagre 1.33, with the number of goals averaged by Les Artésiens standing at 1. That sort of trend isn’t assured to be continued here, however.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that RC Lens:
- remain undefeated by Clermont Foot when they've played them away from home in the last 4 matches in the league. Away fans have certainly had plenty to cheer about.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 league matches away from home.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head meetings going back to 27/08/2019 shows us that Clermont Foot have won 0 of them & RC Lens 3, with the number of drawn results being 3.
A total of 21 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 7 from Clermont and 14 netted by Les Artésiens. That is an average goals per game value of 3.5.
The last league contest featuring these sides was Ligue 1 match day 27 on 12/03/2023 and the score finished Clermont Foot 0-4 RC Lens.
That time, Clermont Foot had 47% possession and 9 shots on goal with 6 on target.
At the other end, RC Lens got 13 shots at goal with 6 on target. Loïs Openda (31', 34', 35') and Alexis Claude-Maurice (76') scored.
The referee was Jérémy Stinat.
Team News: Clermont Foot
Looking at personnel, there is just the sole fitness concern for the Clermont Foot gaffer Pascal Gastien to be concerned about from an otherwise fully-primed group of players. Johan Gastien (Muscle injury) is out of contention.
Team News: RC Lens
RC Lens boss Franck Haise has some current player fitness concerns. Óscar Cortés (Shin injury), Jimmy Cabot (Cruciate ligament tear) and Deiver Machado (Adductor pain) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
Here, we’re thinking that Clermont Foot will need things to go their way to see themselves scoring against this RC Lens team who we think will end up scoring and staying ahead.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a good battle with a 0-1 victory for RC Lens when all is said and done.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Gabriel-Montpied (13,000)
Captain: Florent Ogier
Chairman: Ahmet Schaefer
Manager: Pascal Gastien
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 17
⭐ Key Man: Muhammed Cham
Normally taking up the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Muhammed Cham was born in Austria. Having played his first senior match for FC Trenkwalder Admira in the 2019 - 2020 season, the skilful Midfielder has managed to score 2 league goals in this Ligue 1 2023 - 2024 season to date in 11 appearances.