Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Friday’s football game between Le Havre and Lens will open round 9 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. The newcomers failed to impress in back-to-back losses to Lille (0-2) and Olympique Marseille (0-3) and they face yet another tough challenge against Lens, who are eyeing a spot in European competitions. As talented midfielder Rassoul Ndiaye serves a one-game ban against Lens, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the home team. All Alois Confais, Antoine Joujou, and Oussama Targhalline continue to miss out with injuries.
Les Sang et Or, meanwhile, were showing signs of improvement before the international break, with the team beating both Toulouse and Strasbourg, while sharing the spoils with Lille. Anyhow, Lens are more of a team than Le Havre and we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in the round 9 opener. Forward Elye Wahi is banned for the match, while all Kevin Danso, Massadio Haidara, Jimmy Cabot, and Wuilker Farinez continue to miss out with injuries.
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.