Ligue 1 – Nantes face RC Lens

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Nantes at home against Lens – Friday – 9:00pm GMT – The Stade de la Beaujoire.

Lens to face thirteenth Nantes on Friday at the Stade de la Beaujoire, with Franck Haise’s team currently occupying fifth place in the League.

With the Ligue 1 season well into its stride, Nantes have managed to gain 22 points

Nantes will take a huge positive from their recent 0-1 win against FC Lorient at the Stade Yves Allainmat.

Also, Their position is thirteenth in the League and they have 22 points, that is, 6W, 7L and 4D having won six matches, drawn four meetings, and lost seven games.

Playing at home, Nantes have won four fixtures, drawn one game, and lost three matches.

A victory for Nantes would put them on 25 points.

Nantes are likely to be missing one of their key players when they start Friday’s game, due to injury and illness.

RC Lens go into this fixture with 27 points secured

A 3rd successive, disappointing result for Lens will not be acceptable for Franck Haise’s squad. They will see this fixture as an opportunity to turn their form around after drawing 1-1 at Paris Saint-Germain and 2-2 at Clermont Foot.

Also, Lens have developed a habit of drawing football matches this season, which is reflected by their position in the table. With a fifth position in the league and 7 wins, 4 losses and 6 draws, they currently have 27 points in the League having won seven fixtures, drawn six games, and lost four matches.

Lens’ away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Nantes. In the 8 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won three meetings, drawn two matches, and lost three games.

A win in this fixture, would take RC Lens’s points from 27 to 30, so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

This has been a good season so far for Lens, in terms of goals scored (30). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Seko Fofana (5), Arnaud Kalimuendo (4), and Wesley Said (4). Lens have conceded 23 goals.

Lens’s squad will likely be depleted of five of their key players when they start on Friday, due to injury or illness.

Nantes v RC Lens – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Nantes and Lens have faced each other 37 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Nantes’s favour (16 – 12). Additionally, eight of the previous 16 fixtures between Nantes and Lens have resulted in a Nantes win.

Lens to win – odds are 38.46 percent in favour.

Other standout players for Nantes are Randal Kolo Muani and Andrei with four goals and three goals respectively and for Lens are Seko Fofana and Arnaud Kalimuendo with five goals both.

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