Sports Mole provides an overview of Saturday’s Ligue 1 clash between Lens and Rennes, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
After a thrilling victory in the Coupe de France this Tuesday, Lens play their first Ligue 1 match of 2022 this Saturday, at home for Reindeer from the Bollaert-Delelis stadium.
The Sang et Or have failed to win their last six league games of 2021, as Stade Rennais enter this competition after losing their last two domestic games by a score of 2-1 and have started this year losing 4 -3 on penalties in the Coupe de France. draw against Nancy.
The calendar year began with an emotional victory for Franck Haise and his team, who dramatically beat their biggest rivals to advance to the knockout stages of the Coupe de France.
Now the focus is on the league, where Lens sits four points behind Montpellier HSC for a place in the Europa League Conference qualifiers next season.
Offensive threats abound on this team, having scored the third-most goals in the league midway through this campaign (33), with 11 different players finding the back of the net so far, while eight have at least one help.
They only came away empty-handed in two of their last seven games in all competitions, although Haise knows his side have left several points on the table, losing their previous two Ligue 1 matches despite the first goal and the last four. lost points. months, after having been in the winner’s position against PSG and Clermont, but having only been able to collect a draw each time.
At home, the Sang et Or are generally able to collect at least one point, losing only once in 2021-22 in the commune of Pas-de-Calais.
Lens might not lose often on their pitch, but they’ve had their hands full against Stade Rennais, dropping seven straight home games against them, winning only once in their previous 15 matches.
Rennes may need a fresh start to the campaign after an all but memorable December for Bruno Genesio and his side.
When the Reds and Blacks can take the advantage early, this team can tear their opponents apart, scoring three or more goals in a league game four times in their first 19 games played and winning five matches in all competitions by at least three goals.
This team can score in batches, but lately other teams have focused on limiting the damage Rennes can cause in dangerous areas, as neither Nice, Monaco, nor Nancy had more possession than them, but have still managed to keep them at bay for the most part, conceding only once in each of these meetings and coming out victorious.
The Breton side have only won two Ligue 1 games in this campaign scoring one goal or less, but they have scored multiple goals in four of their previous five domestic road games.
Stade Rennais have done a great job eliminating the home crowd from their matches as visitors, scoring the first goal in all but two of their road matches at this stage in the national season.
However, gaining the advantage early is of no use to you if you can’t finish the job, something Rennes failed to do in their opener of the year against Nancy and in their last game. championship against the Monegasques.
Lens Ligue 1 form:
Goal shape (all competitions):
Rennes Ligue 1 form:
Rennes form (all competitions):
The goal will be missing Ignatius Ganago and Massadio Haidara, who represent Cameroon and Mali respectively at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Deiver Machado should soon return from his meniscus injury.
Seko Fofana kept their Coupe de France hopes alive, scoring twice in the second half of their game earlier this week and scoring the decisive penalty, much to the relief of Jonathan clauss, who missed the game in the fourth round of their shootout victory over Lille.
Przemyslaw Frankowski was a nice addition at Lens, with the Poland international, who signed from the Chicago Fire of MLS over the summer, scoring four goals and four assists for his new club, while also leading the top scorer Arnaud Kalimuendo has one goal in each of their last two league games.
Rennes is missing three players in the international selection for the Africa Cup of Nations, including Kamaldeen Sulemana, Nayef Aguerd and Hamari Traore, which will respectively equip Ghana, Morocco and Mali in this competition.
Alfred Gomis came out due to COVID-19, Romain Salin has calf tension, Birger meling is breastfeeding a groin problem and Jeremy GÃ©lin is absent until the spring with an ACL injury.
GaÃ©tan Laborde, Mathys Phone and LoÃ¯c BadÃ© all missed their shots on goal against Nancy as the Ligue 2 team ousted them from the Coupe de France, while Martin terrier clears the way for goals for them with nine, a back of Wissam Ben Yedder for second place in the league.
Possible starting range of the lens:
Leca; Danso, Wooh, Gradit, Clauss; Frankowski, Fofana, Boli; Kalimuendo, Costa, Jean
Starting eleven possible in Rennes:
Bonet; Truffert, Baden, Omari, Assignon; Tait, Santamaria, Majer; Terrier, Laborde, Bourigeaud
We say: Objective 1-3 Rennes
Lens is giving way too much time and space in its own penalty area, conceding 14 goals in its last six Ligue 1 games, and when you do that against a team as powerful as Rennes, you will pay the price.