Even if they lost 2-1 Lens had a decent performance last week away at Marseille. Lens were pretty close of getting away with a draw but in the end individual talent made the difference.
Lens’ left side was extremely active with fullback Baal and winger Valdivia in top form. Valdivia was involved in most of Lens’ actions and gave huge headaches to his direct opponent. Attacking players Touzghar and El Jadeyaoui were surprisingly only on the bench as coach Kombouare tried to adopt a less offensive strategy. Didn’t quite worked out for Lens and most likely both of them will be in the lineup this week, especially after central midfielder Le Moigne suffered an injury and will sit out. Le Moigne’s absence will affect primarily the defensive department.
Lens’ recent results aren’t that impressive and they are getting closer and closer to the relegation zone. There is a high possibility that Lens will be more aggressive and start pushing harder especially in home games.
Bordeaux concentrated mainly on defending last round against Toulouse (won 2-1). They missed 3 central defenders and had to improvise a new defense (played with a defense in 5) so every single player paid more attention to the defensive phase. In-spite of that, the game was pretty entertaining as Bordeaux created a decent number of chances especially thanks to fullbacks who were very active and initiated a large number of actions.
Things should go back to normal this round as Bordeaux will welcome back central defender Pallois after suspension and won’t need to improvise anymore.
Lens’ attacking players showed good form and increased appetite. Hosts’ position in the table will force them to adventure upfront and look for goals. But in the same time there should be plenty of spaces available on the flanks for Bordeaux’s fullbacks to exploit. Over 2.25 goals at 2.02
UPDATE: Hosts will have to do without injured keeper Riou.
Lens: Belon, De Pinho – Ab.Ba, Baal, Cavaré, Gbamin, Kantari, Landre, B.Sylla – Bourigeaud, Cyprien, El Jadeyaoui, Nomenjanahary, Valdivia – Chavarria, Ad.Coulibaly, Guillaume, Touzghar
Bordeaux: Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Yambéré, Mariano, Pallois, Planus, Faubert, Poundjé – Plasil, Sertic, Traoré, Khazri, Kaabouni, Poko – Diabaté, Rolan, Sala, Touré.