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RC Lens are going up against guests Lille at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in the Ligue 1 meeting on Friday.
View all of the RC Lens v Lille predictions, poll and stats below including the latest game odds.
RC Lens won’t want a repeat of their last result here following a 2-1 Ligue 1 defeat last time out to Paris Saint-Germain.
In that game, RC Lens managed 41% possession and 15 shots at goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for RC Lens was Ignatius Ganago (61'). Paris Saint-Germain got 14 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Neymar Jr (33') and Marquinhos (59') scored for Paris Saint-Germain.
It has not been often in recent games that RC Lens have shown defensive steel. In fact, Les Artésiens have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 7 goals along the way.
A look at their previous results shows us that RC Lens:
- have not beaten Lille in their previous 11 league games.
- are undefeated in their previous 7 home league matches.
Lille will come into the match after a 2-0 Ligue 1 win with the downing of Nice in their previous outing.
In that game, Lille managed 55% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. For Lille, the goalscorers were Burak Yılmaz (13') and Zeki Çelik (56'). At the other end, OGC Nice had 0 attempts on goal with 0 of them on target.
In their previous six outings, Lille have amassed a tally of 10 goals. LOSC have also managed to score in every single one of those games. In that time, they’ve had 5 goals scored by their opponents. We will find out if that trend can be continued on here.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Lille:
- haven't been defeated by RC Lens when they've played them away from home in the last 5 league matches. Travelling fans have really enjoyed these clashes.
- are unbeaten in their previous 12 league matches away from home. Impressive, to say the least.
Head to head
An inspection of their past head to head results going back to 30/01/2010 tells us that these encounters have not been kind to RC Lens. They’ve not managed to come away with any victories whatsoever whereas Lille have remained in the ascendancy, winning in 83% of those matches.
17 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 3 of them for Les Artésiens and 14 belonging to LOSC. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.83.
The last league encounter between the two was Ligue 1 match day 7 on 18/10/2020 when the final score was Lille 4-0 RC Lens.
In that game, Lille managed 56% possession and 17 shots on goal with 6 on target. The scorers were Burak Yılmaz (11'), Jonathan Bamba (47'), Jonathan Ikoné (69') and Yusuf Yazıcı (79').
On the other side, RC Lens got 7 shots at goal with 2 on target.
The referee was François Letexier.
Team News: RC Lens
Massadio Haidara (Calf Injury) and Adam Oudjani (Surgery) won’t be playing for Lens boss Franck Haise. Issiaga Sylla will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Team News: Lille
With a completely injury-free squad to choose from, Lille manager Christophe Galtier has zero fitness concerns to report coming into this game. Benjamin André cannot play in this game through suspension.
We’re of the opinion that RC Lens have it within them to find the net against this Lille lineup, although one goal might not be enough to avoid defeat.
Our selection here is for a close game with a 1-2 winning margin for Lille by the conclusion of the game. It should be a decent one.
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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: Ignatius Ganago
Normally played in the Striker position, Ignatius Ganago was born in Douala, Cameroon. After having made a senior debut playing for Nice in the 2017 - 2018 season, the dangerous Forward has struck 7 league goals in the Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 21 appearances.