Two sides that are underperforming in Ligue 1 this term will lock horns on Sunday, as Lens and Marseille look to rediscover their form in the French division before the international break. But, which side will land maximum points this weekend?
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It has been a difficult start to the season for Marseille, as they have quickly dropped down the standings after losing three of their previous five. Over that same period, they have recorded just one win. Another defeat this weekend could see them drop into the bottom half of the standings.
Lens comes into this showdown sitting directly below their rivals, but they will take confidence from their recent form, as they have climbed to tenth in the standings. Lens are unbeaten in five league matches, but they have picked up just two victories over that sequence.
Scoring goals have been a huge issue for Marseille in recent weeks, as they have now gone four without a goal in the league. That comes after failing to score on just five separate occasions throughout the previous season. Their away record would be among the most concerning factors, as they have lost six of their eight on the road. They have lost each of their previous three, but they haven’t suffered four on the bounce since 2002.
Lens have been excellent in home matches across the previous two seasons, which is evident by the fact that they have picked up a Ligue 1 high of 19 wins since the start of last term. Meanwhile, they have kept three clean sheets in the league, and could keep four shutouts for the first time since 2003 this weekend.
Lens vs Marseille Head to Head
Lens have been in excellent recent form against Marseille, as they have won each of the previous two league matches between the sides. They have only enjoyed a longer winning sequence against their rivals on one previous occasion, as they landed three straight victories between 2000 and 2001.
Lens vs Marseille Prediction
These two sides will desperately need to improve if they are to challenge for a European place this term. However, it could be worth siding with Lens to land maximum points this weekend, as they boast the best home record of any side in Ligue 1 since the start of last season.
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