Stadium: Bollaert-Delelis (Lens).
Referee: Jerome Brisard.
Prediction for the Lens vs Rennes match, which will take place on August 27. Lance and Rennes can be considered the second or third-tier in the French elite. Both clubs are steadily fighting for a ticket to the European cups, but they lack something. The encounter between them promises to be spectacular - should we expect a lot of goals? Who will turn out to be stronger? Check the team conditions! Several betting options are available.Get Your Welcome Bonus!
Top French clubs like Monaco, Lyon, and Marseille have struggled sometimes, and Lens may exploit such instability. The Blood and Golds have built a capable squad and have replaced players who have gone to stronger championships. Brice Samba became the main goalkeeper from the start and has already produced his first shutout. Lois Openda shot a goal in Ligue 1. Florian Sotoka is the team's top scorer so far. He made his hat-trick in the first leg helping defeat Brestois (3:2). Steven Fortes, Wilker Farinez, and Adam Buksa are still injured.
Lens managed to crack the Ajaccio defense in the round before the last, but the realization failed. The game ended 0:0. The day before, Franck Haise's charges smashed Monaco away with a score of 4:1. The team's defense worked imperfectly, and the opponent could have scored more, but the offense was excellent, and Lens' win was quite logical. Seko Fofana scored the most points for the team: a goal and an assist.
The Breton lineup compared to last season has not changed much. Even though we can say it has strengthened, the team has had many problems so far. Rennes gained only 4 points in three rounds, and we can't call that unfair. For example, in the opening game, they failed to cope with a modest Lorient (0:1), conceding to their opponent in terms of chances. Rennes is doing well, but they have great difficulty breaking down others' defenses and rarely convert every chance. The Bretons are only 12th on xG in Ligue 1.
There have been rumors recently about the possible departure of Gaëtan Laborde to Sevilla, but the club should handle the loss with ease. One of Rennes' main acquisitions this summer was Arnaud Kalimuendo, who scored 12 goals in the last French championship. True, the Breton players' personnel situation is not the most favorable. Lovro Majer, Birger Meling, and Warmed Omari are injured, while Lesley Ugochukwu and Romain Salin are disqualified. The participation of Sehrou Guirassy and Steve Mandanda is still questionable.
Last Ligue 1 matchday, Bruno Genève's charges beat Ajaccio 2:1 at home. Rennes squeezed the most out of their opportunities, while the opponent could have scored more than one goal. For example, Ajaccio failed to convert a penalty, and in the end, goalkeeper Dogan Alemdar had to work hard to sit on the winning score.
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The defeat of Monaco in the last round was an impressive result from Lance, but the team did not show anything extraordinary offensively. One goal after a silly mistake of the defender, one a penalty, another one - almost from the corner of the goalie's net. There are questions. Rennes has plenty of offensive troubles, and even against the modest Ajaccio, Bretons did not look very bright. If you remember the game against Monaco when the ten-men opponent could score 2-3 goals, the success of the visitors is difficult to believe.
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