Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
All eyes will be on Stade Bollaert-Delelis when Lens and Lille square off against each other in a highly-anticipated Ligue 1 game. Lens aim to extend their winning run in all competitions to four games and their performance in the Champions League triumph over Arsenal is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Lille. Jonathan Gradit misses out through suspension, while all Massadio Haidara, David Costa, Jimmy Cabot, and Wuilker Farinez are sidelined with injuries.
Les Dogues, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Reims, with the team beating Le Havre 2-0 on the road. All Samuel Umtiti, Nabil Bentaleb, and Adam Ounas remain in the recovery room, but there are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team ahead of the trip to Pas-de-Calais. Anyhow, the share of spoils is on the horizon as the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin André):
Benjamin Andre is a French footballer, who began his career at Stade Raphaelois youth team. At the age of 16 Andre moved to Ajaccio and he played for the first team from 2008 to 2014. The right-footed midfielder scored 12 goals in 187 appearances in the league for the Corsican team and in the summer of 2014 he moved to fellow French club Rennes.
Andre scored his first goal for les Rouges et Noirs on January 25, 2015, in a 4-1 defeat to Caen. The French player made provided three assists for his teammates in 36 appearances for Rennes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and the club chiefs decided to extend his contract in June, 2017. His deal with the Roazhon Park outfit should expire on June 30, 2022.
Benjamin Andre, who was born in Nice on August 3, 1990, has seven caps for France U21 team. The Rennes footballer plays as a central midfielder, but he is often used as both left and right midfielder.
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.