Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lens welcome Toulouse to their Stade Bollaert-Delelis on day 13 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Sang et Or are eyeing their third consecutive league win, and the bookies see them as favourites to pick up all three points from Friday’s clash. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but Facundo Medina misses the match through suspension. Les Pitchouns, on the other hand, are stuck in the middle of the table, with the team looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
Toulouse, though, suffered three defeats in the previous four away matches, which is the main reason why home win should be considered. In their last meeting at the venue, back in 2015, Lens defeated Toulouse thanks to Pablo Chavaria’s goal, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. As for the away team, centre-back Rasmus Nicolaisen serves a one-game ban.
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 (Toulouse):
Toulouse are a professional football club that compete in Ligue 1. Les Pitchouns are well known for their purple jerseys with white stripes and it has to be noted that they used to wear red and yellow jerseys in the past. Toulouse welcome their opponents at Stadium Municipal and the capacity of the team’s home ground is 33.150. Stadium Municipal was used as a venue for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
In 1982 the club secured promotion to the Ligue 1 for the first time ever and you should bear in mind that the likes of Jacques Santini and Daniel Jeandupeux were part of the team. A win over Napoli in the round 1 of the 1986/1987 UEFA Cup is considered one of the club’s biggest success as football legend Diego Maradona played for the Italian team back then, attacker Daniel Jeandupeux scored the winner for Toulouse in the penalty shoot-out. Bordeaux are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in Derby de la Garonne.