The Champions League hopes of Lens have been dealt a blow in recent weeks, as they have lost two of their last three. However, they will be looking to get back into form this weekend when they host Troyes.
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Lens have emerged as shock contenders for a Champions League place in France this season, but they will need to get back to the form that they started the season in. The French side have lost two of their last three games, and are now a point behind Marseille.
Lens are still one of the highest scorers in Ligue 1, but they also have the worst defensive record of the sides in the top five places in France. The second defeat in three that Lens suffered came last Saturday, as they were beaten on the road by a resurgent Lyon side. Lens started the game slowly, and allowed Lyon to take a 2-0 lead inside the opening 40 minutes.
They did at least show some signs of recovery in the second period, as they pulled a goal back through Arnaud Kalimuendo. However, they couldn’t find the equalising goal, despite registering ten shots on target.
Troyes have enjoyed a steady start to the Ligue 1 season, as they are already four clear of the relegation places in France. But, they will be aware that they will need to maintain that form to keep the gap between themselves and the drop zone.
Troyes are unbeaten in their last three, but couldn’t manage to make it three straight wins in the league last weekend, as they were held by Rennes. It was an exciting game between the two sides, with Troyes coming back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 at the break. Adil Rami and Tristan Dingome scored the goals. However, they were denied the points, as Rennes equalised in the 81st minute.
Lens vs Troyes Head to Head
Lens won the last league meeting between these sides 1-0 in February 2020. However, Troyes had won the previous two before that victory. Interestingly, the last five league games between the sides would have seen a bet on both teams not to score be a winner.
Lens vs Troyes Prediction
The recent record between the sides highlights that it’s unlikely both teams will score in this game. However, we would be willing to take a chance on Troyes taking the points for the third time in four meetings.
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