Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lens will be aiming to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Lyon when they host Troyes to their Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Friday evening. The Yellow-Reds are enjoying yet another successful season, and you should know that they are eyeing their third consecutive triumph in front of home fans. Goalkeeper Jean Louis Leca serves a one-game ban, while forward Ignatius Ganago remains in the recovery room.
Troyes, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating both Nice and Reims, while sharing the spoils with Rennes in their last league match. The newcomers aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but seeing that Lens are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the visitors are going to grab something from the match. All Rodrigues, Larouci, Sandler, Zoukrou, Tardieu, Azamoum, and Metinho should miss out with injuries for the away side.
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 (Troyes):
Founded in 1986, Troyes are considered one of the youngest clubs in French Ligue 1. Troyes returned to the top flight at the end of the 2016/2017 season, with the team finishing the regular season in third place in the Ligue 2 standings. Jean Louis Garcia’s men proved their worth in the promotion play-offs, with the team beating Lorient in the two-legged tie.
Troyes are well known for their blue shirts, but they wear white when playing on the travels. Stade de l’Aube is the club’s home ground and the stadium can hold up to 20.400 spectators. The venue was built in 1924, but it was renovated on two occasions (1956, 2004). The club have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but in 1956 they made it to the French Cup final.
Troyes faced Sedan in the title game and they were totally outplayed by Louis Dugauguez’s troops (3-1) at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir. Roger Courtois’ team were three goals down after 57 minutes, but five minutes later Fernand De Vlaeminck scored a consolation goal for the Stade de l’Aube outfit.