France Ligue 2 – Lens v Red Star Preview (30/9/16)

lens-estacLens preview

  • Have lost just once all season and should be brimming with confidence after winning their last two games, one of which was a last gasp success against local rivals Valenciennes.
  • Lens are still adapting to new coach Alain Casanova and are a bit of an enigma team, capable of anything.
  • A number of new signings who were added late in the transfer window are still settling into the side as well which adds to the unpredictability factor.
  • The offense has improved in recent weeks but they haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last six games.
  • Left wing back Anthony Scaramozzino is injured, but they have no other absences to regular starters.

Red Star preview

  • Defeat at home to Niort last time out snapped an unbeaten four match run.
  • Red Star have improved after a dodgy start and conceded just two goals in their last five games.
  • Goalscoring is a still a major problem for this team though. Red Star have only netted 4 goals in 9 games which is the lowest tally out of anyone in the entire league!
  • Midfielder Stephan Raheriharimanana is ruled out injured along with centre back Pierrick Cros. Everyone else is available apart from keeper Arnaud Balijon, out long term.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Lens definitely have extra momentum at the moment and are a short priced favourite around the 1.80 mark.
  • Red Star will almost certainly set themselves up hard to break down and their main objective will be to keep a clean sheet.
  • Lens might have issues breaking them down but will feel they only need one goal due to Red Star’s issues hitting the back of the net.
  • This match will only open up if there’s an early goal or if Lens managed to get ahead before half time.
  • I think the hosts will probably find a way to win, but I’m not willing to get involved at such a short price.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None