Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Monaco and Lens go head to head at Stade Louis II in a highly-anticipated Ligue 1 game. Les Rouges et Blancs kicked off the new domestic campaign with a 2-1 win over Strasbourg, with the team sharing the spoils with Rennes at the weekend, and, no doubt, they want to return to winning ways as soon as possible. Midfielder Youssouf Fofana serves a one-game ban, while all Ruben Aguilar, Yllan Okou, Willem Geubbels, Myron Boadu, and Cesc Fabregas are out of contention with injuries.
Les Sang et Or, on the other hand, head into Saturday’s clash following a goalless draw with Ajaccio. Lens, though, generally look sharp in front of goal, and, taking everything into account, both teams to score betting option should be considered. As for the visiting side, all Gael Kakuta, Adam Buksa, and Wuilker Farinez should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Djibril Sidibé):
Born in Troyes, Djibril Sidibe made his first football steps at his hometown club. Having excelled throughout the youth ranks, Sidibe was rewarded with his professional debut in 2010. Two years later he moved to Lille where he established himself as one of the biggest prospects in French football.
A 2016 move to Ligue 1 giants Monaco came as a reward for his impressive qualities. Sidibe is a solid right-back who is great at picking out passes, especially with crosses. A determined individual, Sidibe does not easily get caught out in a wide space. His impressive footwork make him a difficult player to play against going forward which he has a knack for.
Monaco are expected to be another stepping stone in his career and it won’t be too long before the World Cup winning French international has made a move to one of Europe’s top sides.
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.