Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Monaco will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Marseille when they host Lens at their Stade Louis II on Matchday 15. Les Rouges et Noirs are not regarded as good travellers, but they are on a three-game winning run at home ground. Monaco are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and they are surely capable of beating the newcomers on home soil.
Lens, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-2 loss to Montpellier, and it is no wonder they are seen as underdogs in the midweek clash. Since Monaco are eager to regain their spot in top five, home win should definitely be considered. The likes of Fabregas, Lecomte, and Sidibe are likely to miss the game with injuries for the hosts, while Jean and Traore are unlikely to feature for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin Lecomte):
Benjamin Lecomte is a French goalkeeper who started playing football at the age of six. Lecomte was born in Paris on April 26, 1991 and in 1997 he joined Arcueil Municipal football academy. After spending eight years at the club he joined Antony Sports in 2006 and four years later he moved to Niort. Finally, he continued his footballing development at Lorient.
The 186-cm-tall shoot-stopper played 22 games Lorient B before making his first-team debut in October 2010 in a Coupe de la Ligue match against AS Monaco. In January 2011 Benjamin Lecomte signed a professional contract with les Merlus and it has to be noted that he made 119 appearance in the league for the club from 2010 to 2017.
In 2017 he moved to Montpellier, signing a four-year deal with the Ligue 1 outfit. The Montpellier goalkeeper has 2 caps for France U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team.
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.