Nantes will be at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Wednesday for the Ligue 1 showdown with home side RC Lens.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for RC Lens v Nantes can be found here (inc. the best betting odds).
RC Lens are hoping to win again after their last result, a 0-1 Ligue 1 victory vs Dijon.
In that game, RC Lens had 48% possession and 8 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for RC Lens was Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga (23'). At the other end, Dijon FCO had 11 shots on goal with 2 on target.
Fixtures featuring RC Lens have proved to be lively ones lately with a lot of goalmouth action the rule rather than the exception. Over their past six clashes, a grand total of 20 goals have gone in for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 10 of them coming from Les Artésiens.
Ahead of this clash, RC Lens are unbeaten in their previous 4 home league matches.
In their last game, Nantes drew 1-1 in the Ligue 1 match with FC Metz.
In that game, Nantes had 66% possession and 17 shots at goal with 5 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Nantes was Randal Kolo (29'). For their opponents, FC Metz had 10 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Aaron Leya Iseka (45') scored for FC Metz.
The stats tell the story, and Nantes have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 9 goals in all. Defensively, Les Canaris can certainly do much better. Such a pattern won’t necessarily be sustained here, however.
Going into this encounter, Nantes are without a win away from home in their last 5 league games.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head meetings dating back to 31/10/2011 shows us that RC Lens have won 2 of these games & Nantes 4, with the tally of draws being 0.
A combined total of 11 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 3 of them from Les Artésiens and 8 created by Les Canaris. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.83.
The last league game featuring the two was Ligue 1 match day 38 on 23/05/2015 when it ended RC Lens 1-0 Nantes.
That day, RC Lens managed 33% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer was Pablo Chavarría (4').
On the other side, Nantes got 16 shots at goal with 5 on target.
The match was refereed by Sébastien Moreira.
Team News: RC Lens
There is just the lone fitness concern for the RC Lens boss Franck Haise to contend with from an otherwise complete set of players. Cheick Traoré (Achilles tendon rupture) will miss out.
Team News: Nantes
Nantes manager Christian Gourcuff has to choose a team with limited availability. Moses Simon (Adductor problems) and Anthony Limbombe (Tear in the abductor muscle) are those who can’t be considered.
Nantes will need to push hard to hit the back of the net against this RC Lens outfit who will likely get a goal themselves and run out victorious.
That’s why our selection here is for a 1-0 advantage for RC Lens after 90 minutes.
We’re expecting it to be that close.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis (38,058)
Captain: Yannick Cahuzac
Chairman: Joseph Oughourlian
Manager: Franck Haise
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 13
⭐ Key Player: Gaël Kakuta
Mostly played in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Gaël Kakuta was born in Lille, France. Having played his first senior match for Chelsea in the 2009 - 2010 season, the accomplished Midfielder has managed 4 league goals in the Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 season to date from a total of 8 appearances.