Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lille play host to Lens at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy in what is expected to be a close encounter. Les Dogues aim to build on back-to-back wins over Nantes and Strasbourg and they will surely go all guns blazing at the newcomers. Summer signing Burak Yilmaz, who has opened his goalscoring account of late, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. Adama Soumaoro returns to contention after recovering from coronavirus.
Lens, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Saint Etienne. The Blood and Gold have been performing above expectations on their return to the French top flight, but matching Lille on the road is easier said than done. Even though talented defender Facundo Medina returns from suspension, we are tempted to put our money on the title-chasing hosts. In their last encounter at Stade Pierre-Mauroy Lille recorded a 3-1 win over Lens.
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.