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FC Lorient arrive at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Sunday for the Ligue 1 tie with home side RC Lens.
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RC Lens prepare for this fixture coming off the back of a 1-1 Ligue 1 tied result versus Lyon.
In that game, RC Lens had 39% possession and 10 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for RC Lens was Jonathan Clauss (65'). On the other side, Olympique Lyonnais got 15 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Lucas Paquetá (81') was the scorer for Lyon.
Three or more goals per match have been seen in 5 of the last 6 fixtures where RC Lens have taken part. Opposing sides scored 11 of them in this period while Les Artésiens amassed a tally of 12. It will be interesting to see if that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Looking at their past form shows that RC Lens:
- are unbeaten in the league by FC Lorient in their previous 2 games.
- have not been beaten in their last 5 league matches at home.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 matches in the league.
FC Lorient will go into the game after a 1-0 Ligue 1 win to beat Brest in their most recent match.
In that match, FC Lorient had 46% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for FC Lorient was Laurent Abergel (45'). At the other end, Stade Brestois 29 had 5 attempts at goal with 1 on target.
In 5 of the previous 6 games featuring FC Lorient, a comparatively low number of goals have been scored between them and opposing teams. The overall average goals scored per game during that spell works out to a meagre 1.83, with the average goals for Les Merlus being 1.
A look at their previous results shows us that FC Lorient:
- are undefeated in their last 2 away league matches.
- are without an away win for the past 11 league games. Who knows how long it might last, too.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels dating back to 09/09/2017, there has been little between the sides with RC Lens winning 2 of those games, FC Lorient 2 and 2 being draws in regulation time.
A total of 18 goals were produced between them in this period, with 9 of them from Les Artésiens and 9 belonging to Les Merlus. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.
The previous league game between the two was Ligue 1 match day 3 on 13/09/2020 which finished with the scoreline of FC Lorient 2-3 RC Lens.
On that day, FC Lorient managed 46% possession and 6 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. The goals were scored by Adrian Grbić (13') and Yoane Wissa (93').
At the other end, RC Lens had 12 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Gaël Kakuta (31'), Facundo Medina (34') and Ignatius Ganago (63') scored.
The referee was Aurélien Petit.
Team News: RC Lens
Florian Sotoca (Calf Injury), Adam Oudjani (Surgery), Seko Fofana (Corona virus), Tony Mauricio (Corona virus), Loïc Badé (Corona virus), Ignatius Ganago (Corona virus) and Facundo Medina (Corona virus) won’t be able to feature for Lens boss Franck Haise.
Team News: FC Lorient
Owing to an otherwise available group of players, there is only the one fitness problem for the FC Lorient boss Christophe Pélissier to contend with. Quentin Boisgard (Muscle Injury) won’t be in action.
We’re inclined to think that FC Lorient could find themselves up against it to score goals against this RC Lens outfit who should be able to get on the scoresheet themselves in a winning performance.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a very competitive game with a 1-0 win for RC Lens at the end of the 90.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis (38,058)
Captain: Yannick Cahuzac
Chairman: Joseph Oughourlian
Manager: Franck Haise
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 5
🔑 Key Man: Florian Sotoca
Usually played in the Right Wing position, Florian Sotoca was born in Narbonne, France. Having made a first senior appearance for Montpellier in the 2015 - 2016 season, the skilful Forward has scored 8 league goals in the Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 season to date from a total of 30 appearances.