Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Bollaert-Delelis will host Saturday’s Ligue 1 game between Lens and Lille. The Yellow-Reds impressed in the 2020/21 Ligue 1 season, and they continue with fine displays in the new domestic campaign. Lens looked sharp in front of goal in a 3-2 win over Bordeaux, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Massaido Haidara remains on the sidelines with a calf injury, but Cheick Oumar Doucoure returns from a two-match ban.
Les Dogues, on the other hand, already have slim chances of defending their Ligue 1 title. Lille, though, are determined to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Lorient, and seeing that they are eager to return to winning ways, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. All Timothy Weah, Jonathan Bamba, and Renato Sanches are sidelined with injuries.
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 (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season.
Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals).
Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game.
Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.