There were many moments against Nantes in which it seemed Lens really deserved more than to lose 1-0.
They looked capable of fast paced actions carried through short and fast passes. They just needed a bit more courage to apply constant pressure and disorientate the opponent. Instead, they were happy with waiting and only started to panic after Nantes scored the winner, with less than half an hour to go.
In-front of own fans they should be more daring and threaten the opponent more. They have some decent players, especially in midfield, and this should allow them to impose the rythm and control the game.
Most likely they will start in the same formula as last week, since defender Yahia is still injured.
Guingamp looked very nervous against St Etienne and made many unforced errors (lost 2-0). Defenders and midfielders just couldn’t stop shaking and half their passes went to opponents. Especially disappointing was veteran midfielder Mathis who used to burst with confidence and inspire teammates past seasons.
With the exception of a couple of long range attempts the offensive phase completely lacked. Central midfielder Sankhare, who used to play an important role in building actions, missed last round and. But Guingamp should get used to playing without him as he will transfer-out these days.
Guingamp should also use the same lineup, seeing that midfielder Diallo will miss once again through suspension.
Lens looked more capable, and considering this will be a home game confidence and determination should increase. Lens DNB 2.02
UPDATE: Midfielder Sankhare is still out for Guingamp.
Lens: Belon, Ru.Riou – Baal, Cavaré, Gbamin, Kantari, Landre – Bourigeaud, Cyprien, El Jadeyaoui, Le Moigne, Nomenjanahary, Valdivia – Chavarria, Ad.Coulibaly, Guillaume, D.N’Diaye, Touzghar
Guingamp: Lössl, Samassa – Jacobsen, Baca, Kerbrat, Angoua, Sankoh, Lemaître, Sorbon – Mathis, Beauvue, Giresse, Dos Santos, S.Marveaux – Schwartz, Mu.Yatabaré, Douniama, Mandanne, Alioui