Foot Predictions shows the Ligue 1 clash on Sunday between Lens and Dijon, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
A team that should fight relegation this season faces the boys in the Ligue 1 basement this Sunday afternoon, Lens to receive Dijon to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
Franck HaiseDijon’s team played their third consecutive first division draw against Reims last time, while Dijon’s losing streak continued against 19th-placed Nimes.
Many fans would have announced this as a last-minute clash before a ball was kicked this season, but Lens continues to defy expectations and a spot in Europe is well within reach in the midst of a truly spectacular campaign.
Haise’s team is not winning as many games as they expected – with just two wins in their last nine Ligue 1 games – but it has been helped by the equally disheartening form of most of the teams around it, and fifth-placed Rennes is just one point ahead of Lens, although he played one game less.
Lens have managed to navigate undefeated in February so far, although all three league games this month ended with shared spoils, with 2-2 and 0-0 draws with Marseille and Rennes preceding a 1-1 draw with Reims in the last saturday, during which Florian Sotoca canceled Arber Zeneliopener.
However, Lens was lucky to Gael KakutaThe missed penalty – the second in a month – did not come back to haunt them, but Sang et Or now has an excellent opportunity to return to winning ways against the Dijon winners.
That said, Lens’s original form in this term has been mixed to say the least; Haise’s men won four, drew four and lost four at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis this season – scoring 17 and suffering 17 – and the victory over Dijon would end a streak of four unsuccessful games in familiar territory for the newly promoted team.
The first signs were promising for Dijon under David Linares, but the 45-year-old has already supervised a six-game losing streak in all competitions and must be fearing for his future in the Hiboux hotseat.
There was no shame in reaching second place against Lille, Montpellier HSC and Lyon, but Dijon did not take the opportunity presented to them against relegation teammate Nimes, and a 2-0 loss to 19th place would have caused a large part of the fan base give up hope for a survival effort.
Renaud Ripart and Niclas Eliasson achieved the goals that sentenced Les Hiboux to their fifth consecutive first division defeat, and Nimes was three points ahead of Dijon, who finished last – who played another game – with that victory, and eight points now separate Linares’ men from safety after Lorient’s sudden rebirth.
Failure to get the maximum points in this match with Lens would extend Dijon’s winning streak in all competitions to 10 matches, although his only two wins this season were on the road, and the Hiboux reached the bottom of the net in six of the last eight away matches.
Lens won 1-0 in the reverse game against Dijon in November, but the hosts have not defeated Les Hiboux on their own territory since the 2008-09 Ligue 2 campaign, with the last four at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis ending in draw. .
Lens Connect 1 form: WLWDDD
Lens shape (all competitions): LWDDWD
Form of Dijon Ligue 1: DLLLLL
Forma Dijon (all competitions): LLLLLL
All news from the teams
Lens’s medical room is almost empty at the minute, with the attacker Ignatius Ganago – believed to have little chance of recovering over the weekend – the only concern about a muscle problem.
Sotoca is untouchable at the top, but Paris Saint-Germain borrowed Arnaud Kalimuendo will hope to force its way into the attack on Simon Banza.
Other changes are unlikely at the end of the hosts, but Yannick Cahuzac and Issiaga Sylla you will want to start this game too.
Dijon has two suspensions to get around in this game, as Mama Bucket is banned by an accumulation of reserves while Frederic Sammaritano will be left out after being kicked out against Nimes.
Moussa Konate could fill the void at the top in the absence of Bucket, although Aboubakar Kamara could alternatively be moved further forward and Eric Ebimbe brought back to the team.
Fouad Chafik and Roger Assale remain marginalized due to illness and injury, respectively, while Yassine Benziathe hand injury will also keep you out of the game.
Possible initial Lens lineup:
Leca; Medina, Bade, Gradit; Clauss, Fofana, Doucoure, Sylla; Kakuta; Sotoca, Kalimuendo
Possible initial lineup of Dijon:
Racioppi; Boey, Manga, Coulibaly, Muzinga; Ndong, Lautoa; Ebimbé, Celina, Chouiar; Kamara
Probability: Lens 2-0 Dijon
Dijon’s bad losing streak should end at some point if they want to launch a late attack for survival, but their chances of victory this weekend are extremely small. Lens is not exactly a force to be reckoned with at home, but Sang et Or is in good physical shape and can enter the top five if other results are favorable, so a victory for the hosts is the only result we can see.
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