On Saturday, a plethora of very interesting matches are scheduled across Europe, and this time we have analyzed the duel between Lens and Lyon for you. The start of the match between these two French clubs is scheduled for 5 PM.
Lens: After a disastrous start, things are slowly but surely getting better!
Lens was founded in 1906, and so far, this team has only once won the trophy in the French Ligue 1, which was in 1998. Other achievements worth mentioning include the UEFA Cup semi-finals (now the Europa League) in 2000, as well as four trophies designated for the winner of the French second league, the last time being in 2009.
We cannot but mention the fact that this team played in the second-highest tier of French football in the 2019/20 season, where Lens eventually finished second in the table, secured promotion to the top flight, and for the last three years, this team has been competing quite successfully in the highest tier of French football.
The last season was almost perfect for this likable team, as despite Lens having won the French championship only once before, few could have anticipated that Franck Haise’s men would finish second in the table of the highest tier of French football at the end of the championship, with just one point less than the undisputed PSG.
That second place not only brought the title of vice-champions to the Lens players but also direct qualification to the Champions League, which is an incredible success. One of the most deserving people for this is Openda, who has since moved to Leipzig, and in a very short time confirmed his class in his new club. Lens did not start well in the new edition of Ligue 1, however, as time passes, things are slowly but surely getting better, and at this moment, the current vice-champion of France is in sixth place in the table with only four points less than fourth-placed Lille, and that fourth place from this season brings qualifications for the Champions League, which will, of course, be Lens’s primary goal.
In the last five matches, this team is undefeated, and during that period, Lens achieved three victories, along with two draws. In the last round, the most pleasant surprise of the last edition of Ligue 1 celebrated a visit to Clermont, and that duel ended with a score of 0:3.
Finally, at home, Lens has so far played six matches and achieved three victories, two draws with only one defeat, and that from Metz, when it was 0:1.
Lyon: The French giant faces relegation to a lower tier!
It seems that not even the biggest pessimists could have anticipated that Lyon’s footballers would play so poorly in this year’s edition of the highest tier of French football, and currently, the situation is such that the former champion of France, against all expectations, finds itself in the last place in the table with only seven points earned, and as things stand, it is very likely that we will see Lyon in Ligue 2 next year.
It sounds devastating that the French giant has achieved only one victory, four draws, and as many as seven defeats in twelve played matches. The price of poor results was recently paid by coach Fabio Grosso, who barely escaped with his life a month ago after an attack by hooligans on the bus carrying Lyon footballers to the match with Marseille. The World Cup winner with the Azzurri, unlike his predecessor Laurent Blanc who was also fired, managed to somewhat lift the fallen giant, and few expected that the former Italian footballer would be dismissed, especially after the recent triumph at Rennes, but also the mentioned attack in which Grosso almost lost an eye.
However, the now-former coach of Lyon was doomed by the defeat in the last round at home against Lille, when it was 0:2. That was the team’s fourth defeat at home, and interestingly, the former champion of France still does not know the taste of victory at home, which perhaps best reflects the problems Olympique is facing, especially considering that the home ground has been Lyon’s main strength in recent years. In away games, this team plays much better than at their stadium, so the team from Gerland has so far achieved one victory, one draw, and three defeats.
As we have already mentioned, in the last round, Lyon was defeated at home by Lille, while before that, this team played probably its best match of the season at the not-so-easy Rennes, and that duel ended with a victory for the guests of 0:1. Finally, the last head-to-head encounter between Lens and Lyon was played in mid-February this year, and Olympique won with a score of 2:1.
At first glance, we see that this is a very difficult match to predict, as the guests are under pressure, and Lens has been playing fantastically in the French championship lately. It seems that the host will do everything to make up for the disastrous defeat at Arsenal in the Champions League, so we advise you to play a single for which the Mozzartbet has prepared odds of 1.70.
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