Really disappointing performance from Lens last round away at Guingamp (lost 2-0). They managed to held some possession in midfield but never really threatened the opponent and most of their attempts at goal were more like passes to the keeper.
Especially in the first half Lens got cornered many times and were lucky to escape with just 1 goal conceded.
Regular readers know by now that Lens relies heavily on the combinations between fullback Baal and midfielder Valdivia who are Lens’ most active players in each game. But it’s not rocket science to figure that out and Lens are like an open book for the opponents.
Central defender Gbamin made some childish errors and most likely he will be replaced by Landre who will return from suspension.
Bad news for Lens as they will miss fullback Baal who is one of their best players. defensive midfielder Le Moigne will also miss due to suspension.
As expected Lyon made an excellent game last round against Toulouse (won 3-0). They simply outclassed the opponent from all points of view.
Creative midfielder Gourcuff made a comeback, played for about 10 minutes and almost scored, but to be honest it will be better for Lyon to continue with Ghezzal as play-maker. 22 years old Ghezzal is in great form and delivered most of Lyon’s key passes last round. The chemistry between him and forwards Lacazette and Fekir is at high levels and opponents have huge difficulties in stopping them.
Lyon will most likely miss central defender Bisevac who suffered an injury in training.
These sides met about 2 weeks ago in the French Cup when Lyon won 3-2 after a one sided encounter. Since that game Lens lost form and Lyon only got better and more confident. Lyon -0.75 at 2.16
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lens: Belon, Riou – Ba, Boulenger, Gbamin, Kantari, Landre, Lecoeuche – Bourigeaud, Cyprien, El Jadeyaoui, Nomenjanahary, Sylla, Valdivia – Guillaume, Coulibaly, Chavarria, Madiani, Seck.
Lyon: Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, Rose, Mboumbouni, Dabo, Tolisso – Gonalons, Mvuemba, Ferri, Ghezzal, Malbranque, Gourcuff – Bahlouli, Fekir, Danic, Lacazette.