Lens had a very difficult game last time out in Ligue 2, but still managed to walk away with a point away from home against Nancy. Their hosts looked better at the start and surely deserved the lead they got in 19th minute with a goal from Dembele, continuing to be better but the second goal never came.
Instead of it, visitors were more willing to risk towards the end of the game and got the equalizer in 84th minute via Hafez, leaving no time for their hosts to respond even though the players of Nancy surely deserved something more out of the match however didn’t have proper concentration at the end of the game. During the international break, they won over amateur side Noeux Mines 0:5 in Cup game, while they stand only at 18th position at the table of Ligue 2, surely being close to a must win situation here as they are two points behind safely placed Bourg Peronnas. Experienced goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez (8/0) is suspended for this one.
Niort, on the other side, were slight favorites at home against Clermont in the previous game, but could be satisfied to pull out a point in the end, since their equalizing goal came in third minute of additional time. Overall, the hosts were better and created more during the game deserving to score at least one goal in the first halftime.
However, second halftime was much more equal, with the players of Clermont also being threatening and getting into the lead in 86th minute via Dugimont, but the hosts replied in last moments of the game via Roye as said already. Niort is now standing at fourteenth position at the table having eight points more than play-out placed Lens. During the international break, they won over amateurs from Tournefeuille 5:1 in French Cup game.
—Last three matches of Lens have ended under 2.5 goals.
Lens is a favorite in this one, but knowing the style of both teams, I can’t see this match being very easy for them. Both teams are generally strugglin in attack and with Niort being satisfied in case of a point taken here, I see them being generally more defensive side here. Lens is not impressing in offense and my first betting choice will be under goals for this one, with the odds surely having value now.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals