RC Lens pursue title challenge

RC Lens pursue title challenge

RC Lens is looking to challenge the Ligue 1 title by winning their match against Stade de Reims, who is doing quite well this season. Coming into this match, these two teams are both from their respective wins. Lens has a 2-1 win against Marseille, while Reims was able to overcome Lille in a 1-0 win. When it comes to momentum, these two teams have different momentum coming into this game. Lens is coming into this game with a good momentum because they picked up wins from their last matches in the league. However, it is the other way around for Reims, as they are having a hard time to pick up wins recently. This meeting will be on May 13, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with Lens as hosts.

These two teams have squared off for 65 times already across all competitions, with their first match happening in 1945. Surprisingly, from those matches, it was the visitors who has a better record with 28 wins. The hosts on the other hand was only able to record 20 wins and the remaining 17 ended in draws. However, when going against each other, the hosts are actually doing really well. They are unbeaten in their last five matches against the visitors. The visitors on the other hand were not able to score in three of their last four league matches. Coming into this match, they want to finally win against the hosts, and two end their unfortunate run.

RC Lens

Ligue 1: RC Lens
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Lens are currently sitting at the second of the league table, and are still aiming for the top spot, to challenge the title. They are with 72 points right now, and a win will give them 75 points, just three points away from the top. On their last match, they had a crucial 2-1 win against Marseille. That win is their third win in a row in the league, all thanks for Seko Fofana, and Lois Openda’s goals. Playing at home is not a problem for them, as they are doing well at home this season. In fact, 15 of their 17 games in the league is coming at home, including their last four home games. With that, expect Lens to showcase a strong performance in this match.

Salis Abdul Samed is now available for Lens, following his three-game suspension that he completed. Jimmy Cabot, and Wuilker Farinez on the other hand are still continuing their recovery. Unfortunately, Wesley Said, and Steven Fortes are both unavailable as well due to their own injuries.

Stade de Reims

Ligue !: Stade de Reims
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Reims on the other hand is at the 10th of the league table with 50 points. However, a win in this match could make them climb at the eighth of the league table with 53 points. They are confident coming into this game as they were able to return to winning ways on their last match. It was a 1-0 win for Reims against Lille, courtesy of Marshall Munetsi’s lone goal. This win is their first win in their last four games, a record they want to repeat in this match. Reims is not at their best this season, as they had their struggles this season. When it comes to their away matches, they are not doing well. However, expect them to go all-out in this game, to regain their good run.

Unfortunately, Reims will be without Cheik Keita after sustaining an injury against Lille. However, there are no updates on his return yet, or how severe his injury is. Along with him are Mitchell Van Bergen, Noah Holm, and Myziane Maolida, who are all absent in this match due to injuries.

Prediction:

RC Lens (1.5)
Odds: -0.84

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