Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Gabriel Montpied will host Wednesday’s Ligue 1 game between Clermont and Lens, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2021/22 season. Clermont’s main goal is to secure the elite division survival, while Lens are eyeing a place in European competitions. The newcomers made a promising start to the season, but given their five-game losing run in the French top flight, home win should not be considered this time out.
Les Sang et Or, on the other hand, played out a 2-2 draw with Angers at the weekend. Anyhow, Lens are more of a team than Clermont, and we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in the midweek clash. All Oriol Busquets, Elba Rashani, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, and Cedric Hountondji should miss out with injuries for the hosts, while Wesley Said and Deiver Machado should be the only absentees in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Seko Fofana):
Born in Paris on May 7, 1995, Seko Fofana is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side Udinese. Fofana started his career at the youth teams of Paris FC and in 2010 he moved to Lorient. After spending four years at the club, the French footballer joined Premier League side Manchester City in the 2013/2014 season.
Despite being a Man City player from 2014 to 2016, Seko Fofana did not see any game action in the English top flight with the Citizens as he was immediately sent on loan to Fulham (2014/2015). He played for Bastia on loan in the 2015/2016 season as well and in the summer of 2016 he signed a five-year deal with Italian side Udinese.
You should know that Fofana scored five goals in 22 appearances for the Zebrette in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His contract with the Serie A team should expire on June 30, 2022. Due to his dual citizenship the Udinese footballer is eligible to play for France and Ivory Coast at senior level.
Highlighted Team (Lens):
Based in the Pas-De-Calais department, Lens is a French club that plays home games at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. The Sang et Or are well known for their red shirts with yellow stripes, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
The club was founded back in 1906 and the Sang et Or originally played in green and black shirts. Speaking of their home ground, Stade Bollaert-Delelis can hold up to 38,058 spectators. The venue was opened back in 1933, and renovated during the 2014/15 season. Lens did well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in the 1997/98 season, with the team finishing the process level on points with second-place Metz.
As a result, the Sang et Or represented France in the Champions League group stages the following season. The club’s biggest European success came in the 1999/00 season when they made it to the UEFA Cup semis. Lens have won two Coupe de la Ligue trophies as well.