Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lille and Lens go head to head at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in a highly-anticipated Ligue 1 game. Les Dogues head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Angers, and they need to return to winning ways as soon as possible if they are to make it to European competitions. Lille are eyeing their seventh home win of the process, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. All Hatem Ben Arfa, Ivo Grbic, and Sven Botman should miss out with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
Lens, on the other hand, did well to crush Nice 3-0 at the weekend, with the team climbing to 8th place in the standings. The two sides seem to be evenly matched ahead of Saturday’s showdown, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Both Massadio Haidara and Cheick Doucoure are banned for the match, speaking of the away side.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan Bamba):
After spending his youth career at CS Paris-Charenton, UJA AlfortVille and Saint-Etienne, Jonathan Bamba started playing for Saint-Etienne II at senior level. In 2015 he was given a chance to prove his worth with the first team and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 42 appearances for les Verts in Ligue 1.
Following his loan spells with Paris, Sint-Truiden and Angers, Jonathan Bamba joined Lille in the summer of 2018. The pacey winger born in Alfortville (France) on March 26, 1996, has been playing for les Dogues ever since, but he has yet to earn a cap for the French national team. Nonetheless, Jonathan Bamba has 12 caps with France U21 in which he scored four goals for les Tricolores.
Jonathan Bamba’s main position is left winger, but he is used as a centre-forward as well. The French footballer, whose preferred foot is right, has a contract with Lille until June 30, 2023.
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.