Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Olympique Lyon and Lens take on each other at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in what is expected to be a lively contest. Les Gones suffered a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to Nice at the weekend, with the team dropping to ninth place in the standings. Lyon have been struggling to find their best form in the first half of the season, but Saturday’s football game could be the turning point for the hosts.
Tino Kadewere remains on the sidelines through suspension, while all Islam Slimani, Moussa Dembele, Lenny Pintor, and Jeff Reine-Adelaide miss out with injuries. Lens, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Montpellier, with the team rolling over Metz 4-1 in their last league match. Franck Haise’s troops aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, home win should be considered. Massadio Haidara should be the only absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Karl Toko-Ekambi):
Karl Toko Ekambi is a professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Angers as a striker. Ekambi was born in Paris on September 14 1992, but he does not represent les Tricolores on the international stage. The 183-cm-tall attacker plays for Cameroon and it has to be noted that he made his senior debut for les Lions Indomptables in a 3-2 win over Burkina Faso back in June, 2015.
Ekambi came as a substitute in the 77th minute of the match, replacing fellow attacker Mengolo. The Cameroonian footballer played for Paris FC during his youth career and he made his first-team debut for the capital club on April 26, 2011 in a 2-2 draw with Beauvais. Karl Toko Ekambi scored 21 goals in 66 appearances for Paris from 2010 to 2014 and at the end of the 2013/2014 season he joined Sochaux.
After netting 25 goals in 72 appearances for the club, in the summer of 2016 Ekambi signed a contract with Angers which expires on June 30, 2020.
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.