Lens hosts Dijon in round 26 of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Sunday, February 21st at Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Lens)
Opponents in the fight for the fifth position regularly lose points. Therefore, despite the relative setbacks in the last rounds, Lens did not lag far behind. The team gained only two victories in nine rounds and didn’t score three points in four games in a row. Yes, Haise’s charges could complain about the injuries of leaders and the lack of mood without fans, but they had no really serious opponents. Lens still shows unstable football and looks much more interesting on the road, but at the same time, the team has excellent chances to rise one place higher after the upcoming round.
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One could say about the difficult calendar for Dijon and use it as an excuse, as the team could not score points in the last rounds. But after the defeat to the same outsider Nimes, it seems that the victory over Marseille was just an accident. Linares's team lost six matches in a row and began to score extremely rarely. The effect of changing the mentor lasted for several matches. No, Dijon is not a hopeless outsider, but now it will be incredibly difficult to close the gap from the play-out zone. However, the outsider scores three times more on the road than at home.
I would stop at a clear victory for the debutant. RC Lens usually shows competent football and will certainly not play defense first. The latest draws should only piss off the hosts, who are still vying for the European Cups. Losing points with such an outsider would be a shame. The Red-Golds at least score in every round and do it twice as much as Dijon. The first game ended with the victory of Lens. What can prevent it from repeating the same thing on the home field?
Prediction for the match: Lens to win with -1.0 handicap