We already had 7 matches played in this Ligue 2 and Lens have 7 losses so far….
This is a disastrous record for this team, who invested hard in order to try and get promotion to the Ligue 1 this season.
Ever since Ligue 2 exists, there had never been a team reaching the 8th round without any points, so that is a negative record for the team from the North of France,
aggravated considering their astronomic budget, that can put the team’s sustainability in jeopardy if they don’t get promoted.
The pressure on Eric Sikora’s team is piling up and the manager seems not to have found the ideal starting XI to use on this competition, since he never used the same starting XI twice so far.
There were many new signings on the roster so he is still waiting for the players to adapt.
Bostock, who was considered the best player in the Ligue 2 last season, is still injured and is the main absence on Lens’ team, but missing players like Chantôme or Kokou will also hurt the team.
It is on the midfield that the team has its main absences, which is something that has been haunting the squad since the beginning of the season and has contributed to their poor results so far.
The humble Quevilly has arrived at the Ligue 2 this season, for the first time, and they have the ambition of, as any other club on their situation,
of ensuring they avoid relegation, on a peaceful fashion, if possible. The team didn’t get a bad start,
being able to snatch 1 point away at Lorient on the 1st round and getting another point at home, when they hosted Sochaux. However, 4 losses in a row after that,
against teams who don’t have any great aspirations this season, have pushed the team to the bottom of the table. Only the win on their last match at home,
against Nancy, has allowed the team to be above the relegation zone right now, but this will be a team that will struggle to avoid relegation,
since they have a roster without much experience at this level of competition.
From their core team, only the goalkeeper Hartock and the striker Duhamel have Ligue 2 experience. Lefort is only on his 2nd consistent season on Ligue 2,
Stanislas Oliveira hadn’t played in Ligue 2 for 5 seasons and some of the remaining ones have had short appearances on Ligue 1 or even on Ligue 2.
Lens: Douchez, Vachoux, Duverne, Cvetinović, Dankler, Lemos, Duplus, Hafez, Bellegarde, Beghin, Gérard, Diarra, Zoubir, Marković, Maâzou, Fortuné, Bayala and López.
Quevilly Rouen: At the moment, I couldn’t find a list of players called-up or absences.
Lens vs Quevilly Rouen – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Lens needs a win urgently. The team is far from their objectives but on such a competitive league, if they are able to reverse their situation (and results),
they still have time to climb to the top spots of the league table. We have a match between the biggest and the smallest budgets of this Ligue 2,
but we all know that budgets don’t ensure results, just like we are witnessing with Lens, who are sitting in last place without a single point conquered.
Both teams played last Friday, so we might see some rotation, especially on the most tired players, and on this aspect, Lens has the advantage, because they have a much deeper roster.
On this match, winning is the only option for Lens, and at this stage,
I believe that this will be the ideal opponent for the team to revert their negative streak of results and gain some morale going into the next matches.
|Lens to win||