Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Olympique Marseille and Lens face each other at Stade Velodrome in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. OM have yet to recover from the Super Cup defeat to PSG, with the team failing to impress in a 2-1 loss to Nimes at the weekend. Andre Villas-Boas’ troops failed to turn their dominance into the equalizing goal, with former Newcastle ace Thauvin missing a penalty kick. Defender Boubacar Kamara, who suffered an injury in the defeat to Nimes, has joined Amavi and Mandanda in the recovery room.
Tomaz da Lima remains quarantined. Lens, on the other hand, came from behind to share the spoils with Nantes in their last league fixture. The newcomers aim to retain their spot in top ten, but we are tempted to put our money on Olympique Marseille, who were more than unfortunate not to grab from their last league fixture. The likes of Bade, Jean, and Traore are all out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Kevin Strootman):
After starting his senior career at Sparta Rotterdam, Kevin Strootman joined fellow Dutch side Utrecht in 2011. The defensive midfielder, who was born on February 13, 1990 in Ridderkerk, Netherlands, then moved to PSV where he established himself as a first-team regular. Strootman was then spotted by AS Roma scouts and in 2013 he decided to take a step forward in his career by joining the Giallorossi.
On March 9, 2014, the Dutch footballer sustained a serious knee injury that made him miss the remainder of the 2013/2014 Serie A season. He missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well, but he returned to contention on November 9, 2014. Kevin Strootman played for Roma until August 28 when he signed a five-year contract with Olympique Marseille.
Speaking of his international career, Strootman made his Netherlands debut against Austria in 2011 and he scored his first ever goal for the Dutch national team in Euro 2012 qualifier against Finland. Kevin Strootman’s preferred foot is right.
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.