Lens vs Lorient prediction and betting tips - May 3, 2024
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Lens vs Lorient prediction and betting tips - May 3, 2024

Tournament: Ligue 1 France
Location: Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Match date: 03.05.2024

In the 32nd round of Ligue 1 in France on May 3, 2024, a match will be played between Lorient and Lens. The hosts need to win to stay in the European spots, while the visitors are not entirely hopeless yet but are firmly stuck in the relegation zone.

Key statistics and trends:

  • The most common score between the clubs is 1-1, occurring 8 times, including 5 times at Lens' stadium
  • The last away victory for Lorient here was in 2019
  • Both clubs have scored 24% of their goals between the 76th and 90th minutes.

Lens - form analysis: little success in the past month and a half

"The Blood and Gold" surprised everyone last season by becoming the runners-up. Currently, they are predictably on a decline, especially in spring when there was no European competition pressure, leading to a drop in results. They started March with wins against Lyon and Brest. However, in their last 6 matches, they have only won once, at home against Clermont, and previously drew at home with Le Havre. However, they lost all other matches, including a 1-2 defeat against Marseille last Sunday, resulting in a slide to sixth place.

Lorient - form analysis: heading towards Ligue 2

"The Hake" have never been particularly highly rated. Their tenth-place finish last season was a real breakthrough. However, their current form is only worse than Clermont Foot, with just a one-point difference. They could potentially catch up to Metz and Le Havre, who are just one win ahead. However, their last victory was on March 3 (away against Rennes). Since then, they have suffered five consecutive defeats.

Lens: team news

Cabot and Abdul-Samed are injured. Husanov also has issues, while Gradi is suspended.

Lorient: team news

Igor Karioka and Dieng will not play. Buagar will also miss the match.

Lens vs Lorient: Possible starting lineups:

Lens (possible lineup): Samba - Medina, Danzo, Aidara - Machado, Fofana, Sotoka, El-Anaoui, Mendy, Frankowski - Wahi

Lorient (possible lineup): Mvogo - Toure, Talbi, Adjei - B. Mendy, Ponceau, Bouanani, Luza, Aberchil, Caceres - Bamba

Previous matches

Last season, Lens won both league matches and knocked out their opponents in the cup via penalties. However, this season, they have only managed a goalless draw.

Free prediction for the Lens vs Lorient match on May 3:

The visitors are clearly weak, while the hosts have a reason to gather points. Betting on the home team's victory with a handicap of "-1 goal" (odds - 1.63) seems reasonable.