Delightful dogfight as daring Lens duels with determined Lorient

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Competition: France Ligue 1
Competition: Sun 11.April
Match begins: 13:00 (UTC)
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis (38223 seats)

There should be a significant difference in quality between these teams based on table positions so far, with Lens leading Lorient by 20 points.

Insights:
  • Lorient have the most points from losing position (19) in Ligue 1

There should be plenty of energy on the pitch in this game, as both sides have had time to recuperate from their last game. Let's hope both teams are ready to give it all.

14-11-16 (wins/draws/losses). These are the numbers for Lorient when playing away games on grass, which is not the surface they have on their own home stadium (which has artifical turf). Their goal statistics from those 41 matches are 51-53 (scored/conceded).

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Lens form and stats

The story so far in the Ligue 1 for Lens at their home stadium (Stade Bollaert-Delelis) is 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 defeats. Lens haven’t lost a league-game in ten attempts regardless of arena, a great achievement. Their last loss was the fixture versus Nice, 77 days ago. Two draws in a row at home now for Lens.

Lens drew their last game, also a home match. Olympique Lyonnais (placed 4th) was the opponent, 1-1 the score. Before that match, a win away at Strasbourg.

The hosts are modest favourites in this match, with the bookmakers estimating the chance of a home win at about 50% +- five percent. It's interesting to look at how Lens have performed under similar circumstances, so here are some numbers: When modest favourites like this (we found 15 games) they have won six times, drawn five and lost four.

Lens are certainly not overdoing their scoring at home in league matches, having created 22 goals in 15 games. Lens have conceded 21 in these home matches.

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Lorient form and stats

Lorient have only collected 9 points from their away games in the Ligue 1, after 1-6-8 (15 played). Travelling has not been lucrative for the away team as they have returned home without a win in eleven away games in a row.

The supporters enjoyed Lorient's previous game versus Brest (placed 14th), a Ligue 1 1-0 win played at home. Preceding that game, the 1-1 draw paying a visit to Nantes.

Lorient are the outsiders in this one, but not by much. Their performance in similar games (being the away team and moderate outsiders) is three wins, two draws and three defeats. From a total of eight matches.

Many goals are not expected from the visiting Lorient as they have only managed to score 14 times from 15 away games in the league. Lorient have conceded 27 goals in these games. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 3 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 away matches.

Head 2 Head

This is not the first time this season these parties meet, as the history books show this recent fixture: Lorient - Lens 2-3. Lens-Lorient H2H statistics last ten meetings regardless of arena: Lens two wins, Lorient five wins, three draws. five of these ten matches had three or more goals (over 2,5).

Top Goalscorers

LensG. Kakuta
G. Kakuta
9 goals
LensF. Sotoca
F. Sotoca
8 goals
LorientT. Moffi
T. Moffi
8 goals

Lens missing players

Lorient missing players

Lens Lorient
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
31 15 5 Played P 3 15 31
13 5 3 Won W 0 1 8
10 6 1 Drew D 1 6 8
8 4 1 Lost L 2 8 15
47 22 7 Scored S 2 14 37
43 21 4 Conceded C 8 27 54
97% 93% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 93% 97%
81% 73% 80% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 87% 81%
55% 53% 40% Over 2.5 O 2.5 67% 47% 52%
32% 33% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 67% 40% 39%
16% 13% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 7% 19%
65% 67% 60% BTTS BTTS 33% 60% 58%
23% 20% 20% Clean Sheets C S 0% 7% 13%
16% 20% 20% Failed to Score F T 67% 40% 32%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
2.5 2.5 1.8 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2 1.7 1.9
3 0 0 Red cards R C 1 1 2
 
11.7 11.9 9.6 Shots (avg) S ( 7 11.3 10.8
3.9 3.6 2.6 Shots on Target (avg) S O 2.7 3.2 3.5
39% 41% 54% Goal Efficiency G E 25% 29% 35%
Key stats in Ligue 1 this season:
  • Lorient have the most points from losing position (19) in Ligue 1

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Lille 31 19 9 3 51 19 16 9 5 2 25 10 15 10 4 1 26 9 32 66
2 Paris Saint Germain 31 20 3 8 67 22 16 10 1 5 35 11 15 10 2 3 32 11 45 63
3 Monaco 31 19 5 7 64 38 16 10 5 1 36 17 15 9 0 6 28 21 26 62
4 Olympique Lyonnais 31 17 10 4 60 31 15 9 3 3 31 16 16 8 7 1 29 15 29 61
5 Lens 31 13 10 8 47 43 15 5 6 4 22 21 16 8 4 4 25 22 4 49
6 Olympique Marseille 30 12 9 9 38 36 15 7 4 4 23 18 15 5 5 5 15 18 2 45
7 Montpellier 31 12 9 10 49 50 16 7 2 7 30 30 15 5 7 3 19 20 -1 45
8 Rennes 30 12 8 10 37 33 15 6 3 6 17 19 15 6 5 4 20 14 4 44
9 Metz 31 11 9 11 36 36 15 5 4 6 17 17 16 6 5 5 19 19 0 42
10 Angers SCO 31 11 8 12 34 44 15 5 3 7 16 21 16 6 5 5 18 23 -10 41
11 Nice 30 11 6 13 39 41 15 5 2 8 19 25 15 6 4 5 20 16 -2 39
12 Reims 30 9 11 10 36 36 14 4 6 4 12 13 16 5 5 6 24 23 0 38
13 Bordeaux 30 10 6 14 32 38 15 5 4 6 13 15 15 5 2 8 19 23 -6 36
14 Brest 30 10 5 15 43 53 15 8 2 5 29 25 15 2 3 10 14 28 -10 35
15 Strasbourg 30 9 6 15 37 44 15 4 4 7 16 19 15 5 2 8 21 25 -7 33
16 Saint-Etienne 30 8 9 13 30 46 15 3 6 6 14 25 15 5 3 7 16 21 -16 33
17 Lorient 30 7 8 15 36 54 15 6 2 7 22 27 15 1 6 8 14 27 -18 29
18 Nimes 30 8 5 17 30 56 15 3 3 9 17 29 15 5 2 8 13 27 -26 29
19 Nantes 30 5 13 12 31 46 15 2 8 5 15 23 15 3 5 7 16 23 -15 28
20 Dijon 30 2 9 19 20 51 16 0 6 10 5 22 14 2 3 9 15 29 -31 15

Read more about Ligue 1

Ligue 1 is the top league in the French football league system. Seasons run from August to May with 20 teams playing a total of 380 fixtures. The team topping the league table after the final game is the champion of France, receiving the trophy L’Hexagoal. Ligue 1 is one of the top five European leagues.