Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Olympique Marseille and Lens square off against each other at Stade Velodrome in a highly-anticipated Ligue 1 game. OM aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Ajaccio and PSG, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Lens. Eric Bailly limped off with injury in the Ligue 1 derby, while fellow defender Samuel Gigot misses out through suspension. Experienced midfielder Dimitri Payet is widely expected to return to the starting XI.
Les Sang et Or, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Montpellier. Lens are eager to overtake Lorient in second position, but beating OM on the road is easier said than done. In their last meeting at Stade Velodrome Lens defeated Marseille 3-2, but the share of spoils is on the cards this time out. Jonathan Gradit remains on the sidelines with a collarbone injury, speaking of the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Alexis Sanchez):
Alexis Sanchez is a Chilean football player born on 19th of December 1988. Sanchez started playing football for Cobreloa and played for Colo Colo, River Plate, Udinese and FC Barcelona before he started playing for Arsenal in 2014. The Chilean player is active for the national team as well.
Alexis Sanchez is a right winger and is known for his speed, agility and stamina. Alexis Sanchez won several prizes in his career such as the Primera Division, World Cup for club teams, the FA cup and the Copa America. In 413 games in his career Alexis Sanchez made 112 goals.
Alexis Sanchez’ nickname was give by the Colo Colo fans and is El Nino Maravila which literally means The Wonder Kid. In 2014-2015 Alexis Sanchez was placed in the PFA team of the year and got nominated as Player of the year.
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.