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RC Lens will visit Stade de L'Aube on Saturday for the Ligue 1 game with home side ESTAC.
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ESTAC will be looking for an improved result here after the 5-1 Ligue 1 loss in their previous game against Lille.
In that game, ESTAC managed 33% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The scorer for ESTAC was Mama Baldé (65'). Lille got 23 attempts at goal with 13 of them on target. Mohamed Bayo (16', 47'), Jonathan David (45', 88') and Alan Virginius (75') scored for Lille.
It’s not been often in recent times that ESTAC have kept a clean sheet. In fact, ESTAC have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 13 goals along the way. That aside, we will just have to wait and see if such a trend will be replicated in this upcoming match or not.
Leading up to this clash, ESTAC:
- are winless against RC Lens in their last 4 matches in the league.
- are without a home win in the past 7 matches in the league. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
RC Lens come into this game after a 1-3 Coupe De France win against Brest in their last game.
In that match, RC Lens managed 53% possession and 12 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. For RC Lens, goals were scored by Wesley Saïd (5'), Facundo Medina (30') and Adrien Thomasson (37'). Brest had 16 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Islam Slimani (19') was the scorer for Brest.
A succession of effective performances from the RC Lens defensive unit has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their previous 6 fixtures combined. During the same period, their own forwards have managed to score 11.
Their past results show that RC Lens:
- are undefeated in their last 4 league matches away from home.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head meetings going back to 13/08/2019 shows us that ESTAC have won 1 of these games and RC Lens 5, with the number of draws being 0.
A combined total of 15 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 4 of them from Troyes and 11 being from Les Artésiens. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.5.
The previous league clash featuring the two was Ligue 1 match day 7 on 09/09/2022 when it ended RC Lens 1-0 ESTAC.
That time, RC Lens managed 63% possession and 12 shots on goal with 3 on target. The scorer was Kevin Danso (39').
ESTAC got 7 attempts at goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Hakim Ben El Hadj.
Team News: ESTAC
Looking at personnel, there is just the lone fitness concern for the ESTAC boss Patrick Kisnorbo to contend with from of an almost fully healthy squad. Florian Tardieu (Achilles tendon problems) misses out. Renaud Ripart cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: RC Lens
RC Lens manager Franck Haise has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Jimmy Cabot (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Wuilker Fariñez (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are those who can’t be considered.
We’ve got the feeling that ESTAC have the ability to breach the defence of this RC Lens outfit, although one goal probably shouldn’t be enough to prevent defeat.
Therefore, we think that it’s going to be a tight encounter finishing with a 1-2 victory for RC Lens when all is said and done. Should be a good one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade de L'Aube (20,400)
Captain: Adil Rami
Chairman: Aymeric Magne
Manager: Patrick Kisnorbo
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 14
⭐ Key Player: Wilson Odobert
Typically used in the Left Wing position, Wilson Odobert was born in Meaux, France. Having made his senior debut playing for ESTAC in the 2022 - 2023 season, the dangerous Forward has scored 3 league goals in this Ligue 1 2022 - 2023 season so far in 18 appearances.