Lens vs Marseille
French Ligue 1
Date: 22 January 2022, Saturday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Lens).
Lens and Marseille will take on each other in one of the most exciting games of the 22nd round in Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon at Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
With only four points separating the two teams in the battle for the Champions League football next season, we have reasons to consider this a genuine six-pointer at this stage of the season.
Marseille currently holds the third position in the Ligue 1 standings and they have a game in hand on sixth-placed Lens who are four points below them.
The visitors are unbeaten in four straight league outings. They rescued a point in the clash against in-form Lille last weekend, as Cengiz Under found the equalizer 15 minutes from time.
It was eventually a disappointing result for the Phocians who have failed to take advantage of the fact that Lille had a man sent off in the 32nd minute of the clash at Orange Velodrome.
Lens, on the other side, struggled to get past the rock-bottomed Saint-Etienne last weekend but they managed to find the late 95th-minute winner through Seko Fofana away at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
It was the second straight league win for Franck Haise’s troops who had earlier suffered successive away defeats at Nantes and Nice.
Lens do have problems to keep things quiet defensively, though. They shipped at least two goals in five of the last eight Ligue 1 games.
Also, Lens kept their net untouched only twice in the last twelve league matches.
Lens vs Marseille Head-to-head
- Lens have caused problems for Marseille last year.
- Lens won two and drew one of the last three head-to-head encounters with Olympique Marseille.
- We’ve seen at least three goals scored in four of the last five head-to-head meetings between the two teams.
Lens vs Marseille Prediction
Lens did not impress in the last weekend’s match against the last-placed Saint-Etienne. They allowed two or more goals in five of the last eight Ligue 1 clashes.
This is why we lean more towards Marseille’s success here as Jorge Sampaoli’s men won seven of the last ten outings across competitions.