Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After eliminating Brest in the Coupe de France last 32, Lens will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Troyes in the Ligue 1 round 20. Les Sang et Or are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to represent France in the elite competition next season. All Adam Buksa, Jimmy Cabot, and Wuilker Farinez are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away team.
Patrick Kisnorbo’s troops, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Marseille and Lille in the last two league fixtures, and given their shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Lens. To make things even worse for the relegation-threatened team, forward Renaud Ripart, who has netted three goals so far this term, is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Seko Fofana):
Born in Paris on May 7, 1995, Seko Fofana is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side Udinese. Fofana started his career at the youth teams of Paris FC and in 2010 he moved to Lorient. After spending four years at the club, the French footballer joined Premier League side Manchester City in the 2013/2014 season.
Despite being a Man City player from 2014 to 2016, Seko Fofana did not see any game action in the English top flight with the Citizens as he was immediately sent on loan to Fulham (2014/2015). He played for Bastia on loan in the 2015/2016 season as well and in the summer of 2016 he signed a five-year deal with Italian side Udinese.
You should know that Fofana scored five goals in 22 appearances for the Zebrette in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His contract with the Serie A team should expire on June 30, 2022. Due to his dual citizenship the Udinese footballer is eligible to play for France and Ivory Coast at senior level.
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.