Disappointing performance from Lens last round away at Monaco (lost 2-0). Lens played against 10 for more than an hour but they could barely find a way to penetrate inside the penalty box.
In-spite being in numerical superiority Lens didn’t had so many chances, and whenever an opportunity came they treated it with nonchalance. Lens missed a penalty that could have changed the fate of the game. Another incredible miss followed on the rebound and Lens’ morale is surely affected.
Fullback Baal was once again Lens’ most active player as he covered wide areas and initiated many actions.
Lens will miss midfielder Bourigeaud who suffered an injury.
Last round against PSG, Lille were surely aware of their limited possibilities and applied a savage strategy. They focused entirely on long range attempts and hoped for lucky deflections (finished 1-1). Judging solely by their creative power Lille fully deserve to sit somewhere in the lower half of the table…
Play-maker Lopes is still injured so there shouldn’t be any hopes of improvement.
On the other hand in defense Lille are very compact and it is really a tough task trying to open them up. Even when a regular central defender is out (Basa is injured), the defensive potential is not reduced as replacement Rozenhal is highly skilled and experienced.
Guests will most likely miss hard working midfielder Balmont who suffered an injury last round.
Difficult encounter between two sides in poor form and low on confidence. With Lille deficient when it comes to creativity and Lens playing in-front of own fans, the game should be much more balanced than the odds suggest.
UPDATE: Lens will have to do without offensive players El Jadeyaoui and Touzghar but on the other hand they have recovered midfielder Bourigeaud after injury.
Lens: Belon, Ru.Riou – H.Robert, Ab.Ba, Baal, Cavaré, Gbamin, Kantari, Lecoeuche – Bourigeaud, Cyprien, Le Moigne, Nomenjanahary, B.Sylla, Valdivia – Ad.Coulibaly, Guillaume, Madiani
Lille: Enyeama, Elana, Butez – Béria, Corchia, Souaré, D.Sidibé, Kjaer, Rozehnal, Soumaoro, Y.Koné – Mavuba, I.Gueye, S.Meïté, Mar.Martin, Delaplace, Ad.Traoré – R.Mendes, Roux, Rodelin, Origi, M.Frey