Last round Lens started the game in force and managed to take the lead after only 15 minutes. They haven’t reduced rythm but were surprised a couple of times on the flanks and ended up with no points (lost 2-1 at Nice).
Fullbacks Moore (18 years old) and Lecoeuche (21 years old) are young and inexperienced and have problems keeping up with Ligue1 rythm.
The entire season Lens’ tactics evolved around the left flank where fullback Baal often advanced and engaged in actions with central midfielder Valdivia. When Baal was unavailable (like now due to injury) Boulanger successfully replaced him. Young Lecoeuche was simply overwhelmed with all the responsibility and failed to complete the tasks of Baal or Boulanger and as a consequence Lens entire tactics collapsed.
If Lens want to make a decent Ligue1 exit in-front of own fans things should go back to normal and Boulanger should be in the lineup.
Hosts will welcome back central defender Landre after injury.
Nantes dominated last week against Lorient but couldn’t get more than a draw in-spite scoring twice (also an own goal, finished 1-1).
Coach Der Zakarian gave a chance to young winger Rongier (20 years old) who made a good game and was active both in the defensive and offensive phase.
Upfront there was not much inspiration for Nantes who struggled to find ways to penetrate inside the penalty box.
Guests will welcome back attacking midfielder Bessat after suspension.
Odds are weird, to say the least, considering that Nantes have picked up only 3 points in all their away games in 2015. There is no doubt motivation is on hosts’ side as Lens will definitely want to make the best of their last Ligue1 game . Lens +0.25 at 2.00
UPDATE: Lens welcome back defenders Kantari, Landre and winger Nomenjanahary. Nantes’ attacking midfielders Bedoya and Bessat are out injured.
Lens: Atrous, Belon – Ab.Ba, Boulenger, Gbamin, Lecoeuche, Moore, B.Sylla, Kantari, Landre – Cyprien, El Jadeyaoui, Nomenjanahary, Le Moigne, Valdivia – Chavarria, Ad.Coulibaly, Madiani
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Alhadhur, I.Cissokho, Djidji, Djilobodji, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Deaux, Dubois, R.Gomis, Nkoudou, Rongier, Veretout – Audel, Bammou, Gakpé, Is.Bangoura