Lens played like an amateur team last week away at Metz. Lens were under pressure for the entire game and it was a miracle they even managed to score (lost 3-1).
With 5 rounds to go Lens are 11 points away from another season in Ligue1 and by the way things are looking at the moment there is absolutely no chance of avoiding relegation.
If having poor performances is not bad enough they are also really unlucky as best players fullback Ball and midfielder Valdivia are out injured.
Coach Kombouare is making warrior like statements hoping to motivate his players as they have been more apathetic than ever in previous rounds.
Monaco’s adventure in Champions League is over and now they can fully focus on Ligue1. We should exclude players being disappointed and having a low morale because of their elimination from Champions League, as it was an impressive journey and their efforts are really worthy of praise considering that Monaco has been built (in its current form) only 2 years ago.
The 2nd place is kind of far away but Monaco will definitely do everything in their power to safeguard the current 3rd position that assures a presence in Champions League play-offs next season.
Midfielder Toulalan once again suffered an injury and is doubtful for this game.
If Lens will perform the same as they did last week this will be a training session for Monaco. Even if Baal and Valdivia will miraculously recover from injuries Lens would need 5 Baals and 5 Valdivias to get something in-front of Monaco… Monaco -0.75 at 1.94
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back midfielder Valdivia
Lens: Belon, Ru.Riou – Ba, Boulenger, Gbamin, Kantari, Landre, Lecoeuche, Sylla – Cyprien, El Jadeyaoui, Le Moigne, Nomenjanahary, Valdivia – Chavarria, A.Coulibaly, Madiani, Touzghar
Monaco: Caillard, Stekelenburg, Subasic – Abdennour, R.Carvalho, Echiejile, Fabinho, Kurzawa, Raggi, Wallace – Carrasco, Dirar, Kondogbia, Moutinho, Ber.Silva, Al.Traoré – Berbatov, Germain, A.Martial, Matheus