RC Lens & Paris Saint-Germain meet on Match-day 17

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PSG looking to secure valuable away points and retain top spot, as they visit Lens on Saturday – Kick-off 9:00pm GMT.

PSG, remain in contention for Champion’s League qualification, sitting in first place and four places above fifth placed Lens, going into the clash.

With the Ligue 1 season well into its stride, RC Lens have managed to gain 26 points

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

Also, a draw statistic of two in two meetings is not all bad, but unfortunately will not bring the success Franck Haise’s men wishes for ultimately. Now they have 7 matches won, 4 games lost and 5 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in fifth place, with a total of 26 points having won seven fixtures, drawn five meetings, and lost four meetings.

Lens have won four matches, drawn three matches, and lost one game of their eight League matches at home this season.

A win in this fixture would take RC Lens’s points to 29 in the League.

Good Attacking Performance

They have a good scoring rate of 29 goals (26 from open play and three penalties). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Seko Fofana (4), Arnaud Kalimuendo (4), and Wesley Said (4). Lens have conceded 22 goals.

Franck Haise could be missing up to two of their players through injury or illness for the game on Saturday.

League leaders Paris Saint-Germain will seek to win every game, this match is no exception

It was a 0-0 draw against Nice in PSG’s last Ligue 1 outing, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be hoping for a better result in this fixture.

Also, League leaders PSG keep finding ways to win, having secured 13 victories in their last 16 games is astonishing this season, a rich vein of form that has drastically improved their Ligue 1 position. They currently sit in first place, top of the League, having accrued 41 points so far this season. This means a record of 13 wins, 1 losses and 2 draws having won 13 fixtures, drawn two meetings, and lost one game.

Playing away from home, PSG have won six matches, drawn one game, and lost one game.

The ultimate prize this season will be for Paris Saint-Germain to finish top of the Ligue 1 and secure automatic qualification for the Champion’s League. However, they must play each game as it comes and secure the points, if that is to be achieved.

Good atacking and defensive team

PSG have shown a solidity in defence, having so far only conceded 15 goals in their previous fixtures. PSG have a good scoring record this season, with 35 netted so far (33 from open play and two penalties). Their stand out attacking players have been Kylian Mbappe (8), Achraf Hakimi (3), and Marquinhos (3).

It is likely that six key players will miss Saturday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Mauricio Pochettino and his PSG team.

RC Lens v Paris Saint-Germain – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen PSG with a greater number of wins. In the last 41 meetings, they have enjoyed 19 victories, to Lens’s 13 wins. In addition, the last nine games against PSG have resulted in eight wins for Lens. The last time both teams met in this competition was May 2021, when Paris Saint-Germain walked away as 2-1 winners.

PSG to win has a 60.61 percent probability.

Players to watch

For Lens, Seko Fofana scored
four goals in 16 League games so far, while Kylian Mbappe contributed with
eight goals in 16 League matches this season for PSG.

Other players of note for Lens are Seko Fofana and Arnaud Kalimuendo with four goals both and for PSG are Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi with eight goals each.

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