The fun end of the table meets the lower end of the Ligue 1, when Lens face off against Troyes. It is a match that offers both sides the opportunity to either consolidate or improve on their position in the Ligue 1. Lens rank as number 4 in the table on 21 points after 12 matches.
With 12 rounds behind them, Troyes have amassed 13 points and sit 14 in the Ligue 1. Although entering the match as outsiders, Troyes will be keen on keeping their recent momentum as unbeaten in the Ligue 1 going.
Lens enter their next Ligue 1 match, averaging a decent 1.8 goals per game in their last 10 matches. They scored a moderate total of 18 goals, while also conceding 11 goals. That amounts to an average of 1.1 per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring 3 times.
Troyes travel to their next Ligue 1 match, averaging a lowly 1.2 goals per game in their last 10 matches. They scored a disappointing total of 12 goals, while also conceding 13 goals. That amounts to an average of 1.3 per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring 2 times.
Facts and figures for Lens vs Troyes
- Lens scored in the last 10 of 12 matches;
- Lens conceded in the last 7 of 9 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Lens's last 2 of 4 matches.
- Troyes unbeaten the last 3 matches in a row;
- Troyes conceded in the last 22 of 24 matches;
- Troyes scored in the last 10 of 12 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Troyes's last 3 of 5 matches.
Current form — Lens v. Troyes
Lens hoping to bounce back
It is all or nothing with Lens at the moment, and sadly for them it has been more “nothing” than “all”. They first went down 1-0 in an encounter with Montpellier, to which they replied by beating Metz 4-1. Their latest encounter once again had them on the losing side, when they lost 2-1 against Lyon.
Troyes hope to keep momentum going
Troyes look to build on their current momentum with another positive result. Troyes look well suited to take on any opponent at the moment, as their last 3 matches saw them gaining 7 points. They ran out 1-0 and 1-2 against Nice and Reims, respectively. Their winning streak came to an end against Rennes, who claimed a point in a 2-2 draw.
According to the bookmakers, Lens are favourites to win. If one is in favour of the away win, the odds are currently at 5.50 on the visitors. This means betting sites predict, they are in with a 18% chance of beating Troyes. Placing your bet on Troyes, the best price at the time of writing lies at 1.61.
Lens v. Troyes — fixture history
The last time the pair played each other, Troyes came away as winners back in May 2007 in a match in the Ligue 1. Lens enter the match against Troyes with a 3-5-2 record in their previous 10 encounters in the Ligue 1. This amounts to a 30% winning ratio for Lens, with Troyes victorious in 20% of the last 10 encounters. The last 10 matches between Lens and Troyes have largely been very equal encounters. With over half of these finishing in a draw, we could be in for a tight match once again this coming Friday.
Current table in the Ligue 1
Looking at the current Ligue 1 standings, Lens and Troyes are currently 8 points and 10 places apart. Lens will no doubt attempt to grab all three points from Troyes this coming Friday to move further up the league table. Despite being the outsider in this clash, Troyes will try to make this a miserable day for their opponents. The result of this game could have a big impact on both teams in their upcoming matches. There is every reason to zoom in on the clash between Lens and Troyes.
Wesley Said is enjoying a great goal per game ratio, as he has netted a few nice ones recently. Lens will be relying on the services of their in-form marksman yet again, when clashing with Troyes. The visitors are hoping Mama Balde adds another goal to his current tally. He seems in quite good shape with 3 goals in their last six matches.