Lens is coming to this Coupe de France encounter after a close 2:1 defeat last time in Ligue 1 on the road to Nice, definitely having regrets about their performance, as they potentially could have done more.
They took the lead first in the 30th over Kalimuendo, appearing visibly more aggressive during the first, but lost the momentum in the continuation and allowed the hosts to completely reverse with two conceded in the 63rd and later in the 79th minute.
With this defeat, Lens holds 9th spot in the rankings, having four points less compared to the European-placed Montpellier.
Central-back Gradit (19/0) and left-back Haidara (11/0) should be suspended for this one. Forward Ganago (14/4) is out due to international duty, while out injured should remain midfielders Machado (11/0), Kakuta (15/2), and forward Said (9/4).
Lille met the expectations in their last away clash against slightly underestimated Bordeaux when they recorded a 2:3 victory after a complete reversal.
They went on a break with a 2:1 deficit but improved their stability when the match moved to the second when they added two more to the scoreline in the last fifteen minutes (one from a penalty), extending their impressive unbeaten run to eleven matches now in all competitions.
Lille occupies the 8th spot in the overall standings, having three points less than previously mentioned Montpellier.
Winger Weah (19/0) remains injured, while offensive Ikone (25/2) signed for Fiorentina. Seven players were tested positive recently, with the names not being officially announced.
Lens vs Lille H2H
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Regarding the rumors, we’re not having a huge number of recently completely influential players who were tested positive, however striker David (16 goals this season) is included in the list – still, there’s no doubt that they are coming weakened here.
No doubt that under such circumstances, Lens emerges as a favorite, but I still see Lille, a side that has nothing to lose now, coming up in a combative and competitive way. They’ve been way too efficient this season to go down and surrender that easily – modest stakes however with uncertainty regarding both lineups till the kick-off.