Lens’s Champions League hopes have taken a hit in recent weeks, as they have lost two of their last three. However, they will be looking to get back in shape this weekend when they host Troyes.
Ligue 1 preview
Lens have emerged as a shock contender for a Champions League spot in France this season but will need to return to the form in which they started the season. The French team have lost two of their last three games and are now one point behind Marseille.
Lens are still one of Ligue 1’s top scorers, but they also have teams’ worst defensive record in the top five in France. Lens’s second of three defeats came last Saturday when they were defeated away by a resurgent Lyon. Lens started the game slowly and gave Lyon a 2-0 lead in the first 40 minutes.
They showed at least some signs of recovery in the second period when they pulled back a goal with Arnaud Kalimuendo. However, they failed to find the equalizer, despite having scored ten shots on goal.
Troyes have had a smooth start to the Ligue 1 season, as they are already four more than relegated positions in France. But they will be aware that they will have to keep that shape to keep the gap between them and the drop zone.
Troyes are undefeated in their last three wins but failed to clinch three straight league wins last weekend as they were held back by Rennes. It was an exciting game between the two teams, with Troyes coming back from 1-0 and leading 2-1 at half-time. Adil Rami and Tristan Dingome scored the goals. However, the points were denied, as Rennes drew in the 81st minute.
Goal against Troyes head to head
Lens won the last league match between these teams 1-0 in February 2020. However, Troyes had won the previous two before that victory. Interestingly, the last five league games between the teams would have seen a bet on both teams not to score as a winner.
Prediction Lens vs Troyes
The recent record among the teams highlights that it is unlikely that both teams will score in this match. However, we would be willing to take a chance with Troyes taking the points for the third time in four fights.
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