Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Bollaert-Delelis will be the centre of attention when Lens and Olympique Marseille square off against each other in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Sang et Or have been impressive at the back of late and they are likely to rely on their solid defence in Sunday’s clash. All Oscar Cortes, David Costa, Jimmy Cabot, and Wuilker Farinez are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
OM, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Lille at the weekend, which is yet another reason why we are going to bet on under 2.5 goals. Pape Gueye misses out through suspension, while both Azzedine Ounahi and Francois Mughe remain in the recovery room. You should bear in mind that under 2.5 goals have been netted in two of the previous three meetings between the two sides in the French top flight.
Highlighted Player (Valentin Rongier):
Valentin Rongier is a French footballer, who plays for Ligue 1 side Nantes as a defensive midfielder. Rongier, who was born on December 7, 1994 in Macon (France) scored two goals in 39 appearances for Nantes B from 2013 to 2015 and he made his Ligue 1 debut with Les Canaris on October 18, 2014 in a 1-1 draw with Stade de Reims.
It has to be noted that he replaced Lucas Deaux 15 minutes before the final whistle. Over the years Valentin Rongier has established himself as a first-team regular at Nantes and you should know that he made no less than 31 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign.
On June 25, 2015 he extended his deal with the La Beaujoir-Louis Fonteneau outfit and his contract should expire on June 30, 2020. Valentin Rongier’s main position is defensive midfielder, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
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.