French champions Lille travel to take on Lens on Tuesday at 21:00 GMT as both teams bid to qualify for the round of 16 and enhance their chances of silverware this season.
Can Lens Win for the first time in Five Matches?
Lens have endured a difficult spell in Ligue 1; they have gone five matches without a victory with three consecutive draws and two back-to-back defeats.
The Franck Haise side will be hoping that form goes out of the window when they clash with the French champions Lille on Tuesday.
Franck Haise will have to prepare his side well to face an unpredictable Lille side that have been unable to defend their Ligue 1 title this season as they have drifted down the table to 8th, 19 points off league leaders PSG.
Can Lille Win More Silverware this Season?
Lille’s form going into this match has been okay. Although consistency has eluded them this term, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side are unbeaten in the last five matches, winning 3 and drawing 2.
The champions will be motivated to proceed deep into the French Cup to enhance their chances of winning some silverware this season.
Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side know that they have the quality to do better than they have in Ligue 1 this season. Having progressed into the Champions League round of 16, they will be looking to do the same in the French Cup at the expense of Lens.
In Ligue 1, Lens have not won in five rounds of fixtures. After 3 consecutive draws they have lost twice in a row.
In the last six rounds of fixtures in Ligue 1, Lens have collected an abysmal 3 points from the available 18. This run of form has seen them drop down the table to 9th with 28 points.
Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side has witnessed an upsurge in form in recent matches as they have out their bad defence of their title behind them.
Lille are unbeaten in 7 matches in Ligue 1. In this run, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side have had 3 wins and4 draws.
In the last six Ligue 1 outings, Lille have collected 12 points out of the available 18. This run of form is only bettered in Ligue 1 by Brest that have hauled 13 points in this period.
Franck Haise has only central midfielder Mamadou Camara unavailable for selection in the coming cup fixture against Lille. The 19-year-old is has been out since August 30th with an un0clarified injury.
Jocelyn Gourvennec cannot select Timothy Wear for the upcoming match against Lens in the French Cup round of 32. The 21-year-old centre-forward is out with a muscle injury since December 2nd.
Possible Starting Lineups
- Leca; P. Franjowski, M. Haidara, C. Wooh, J. Gradit, J. Clauss; C. Doucoure, S. Fofana, Y. Cahuzac; A. Kalimuendo, D. Costa
- Grbic; R. Mandava, S. Botman, J. Fonte, T. Djalo; J. Bamba, R. Sanches, B. Andre, A. Gomes; B. Yilmaz, J. David
Players to Watch
Kalimuendo has been a crucial player for Lens this season. His pace and forward play are crucial weapons for Lens when it comes to breaking teams down and winning matches.
The forward, who is on loan from PSG, will be an essential part of Lens’ quest to defeat French champions Lille and progress to the French Cup’s round of 16.
Jonathan David is the leading scorer for Lille this season with 15 goals in 25 appearances. His goals and form have been crucial for Lille this season.
David will be crucial in enhancing Lille’s chances of getting past Lens and into the round of 16 of the French Cup.
Expect Lille to control the fixture with possession and territorial dominance across the pitch. Their current form has seen most of Lille’s players gain confidence and belief, which has translated to impressive performance son the pitch.
Lens will seek to remain compact with a back-five; they will attack on transition when Lille lose the ball. The contrasting approaches to the match will make for a fascinating watch.
However, Lille are going into the match with better form and massive confidence among the players. Coupled with the fact that fans attending matches have been reduced, the home advantage has been defused significantly, Lille are favoured to beat Lens and progress to the round of 16 of the French Cup.
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