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Lille vs RC Lens Prediction

Lille

October 18

20:00

4 : 0
RC Lens

Lille

RC Lens

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Two of Ligue 1's top three clash this Sunday, when Lille host newly-promoted Lens: no-one would've expected to have such importance so early into the new campaign. Lille are level on 14 points with Rennes atop the standings and it'll be intriguing to see whether they can maintain a brilliant start to the season.

Lens, making their top-flight return after five years in Ligue 2, have surpassed expectations and proven themselves worthy newcomers. Since losing to Nice on MD1, they're unbeaten in five (W4, D1) and will relish another test of their credentials this weekend.

Can they spring another surprise to maintain their surprising early season form? Or will Lille deliver a timely reality check as club football returns here? Read my match preview, for the correct score predictions and best betting tips ahead of this fixture.

Lille vs Lens Betting Tips

Last time out, Lille cruised to a 3-0 win over Strasbourg on MD5. Lens meanwhile, rose to the occasion and stifled an encouraging Saint-Etienne side with style before the two-week break.

As for absentees this weekend, there will be a few notable names missing. Ignatius Ganago had a bright start to Lens' victory against Saint-Etienne on October 3 and won their first-half penalty.

Unfortunately though, the 21-year-old forward came off worse for wear after being scythed down inside the area by Timothee Kolodziejczak – who was sent off after VAR review.

He has a sprained ankle and is expected back next week, but this fixture will come too soon for him. As for Lille, they'll miss captain and influential centre-back Jose Fonte.

The 36-year-old was among those sent home by Portugal after contracting COVID-19 ahead of their three internationals this past break. In his absence, Portugal U21 international Tiago Djalo could make his first appearance since mid-February to partner fellow promising youngster Sven Botman in central defence.

Will that impact or hinder their chances of continuing a brilliant start to the campaign?

Lille vs Lens Correct Score Predictions

Despite Lens' impressive form, Lille are favourites to emerge victorious here. They have quality in abundance, possess the midfield to stifle an in-form Gael Kakuta and should fancy their chances.

Last matches

Lille

18-10-2020

4 - 0 Lens

W
04-10-2020

0 - 3 Strasbourg

L
25-09-2020

2 - 0 Nantes

W
20-09-2020

1 - 1 Olympique Marseille

D
13-09-2020

1 - 0 Metz

W
30-08-2020

0 - 1 Reims

L
22-08-2020

1 - 1 Rennes

D
16-08-2020

1 - 2 Brest

L
08-08-2020

2 - 1 AZ Alkmaar

L
01-08-2020

2 - 0 Anderlecht

W

RC Lens

L

- Lille

18-10-2020
W

- Saint-Étienne

03-10-2020
D

- Nîmes

27-09-2020
W

- Bordeaux

19-09-2020
W

- Lorient

13-09-2020
W

- Paris Saint Germain

10-09-2020
L

- Nice

23-08-2020
L

- Paris

05-08-2020
L

-

05-08-2020
W

- Genk

01-08-2020
Lille vs RC Lens Head-to-Head (H2H)
18-10-2020

Lille

4
0

Lens

03-05-2015

Lille

3
1

Lens

07-12-2014

Lens

1
1

Lille

29-01-2011

Lille

1
0

Lens

11-09-2010

Lens

1
4

Lille

30-01-2010

Lille

1
0

Lens

20-09-2009

Lens

1
1

Lille

10-05-2008

Lille

2
1

Lens

11-03-2008

Lens

1
2

Lille

26-09-2007

Lens

1
0

Lille

Lille
vs
RC Lens
Predicted Lineup
Lille vs RC Lens Predicted Lineup

Maignan

Bradaric

Botman

Djalo

Celik

Sanches

Soumare

Andre

David

Yilmaz

Ikone

Leca

Haidara

Medina

Bade

Gradit

Cahuzac

Doucoure

Clauss

Kakuta

Sotoca

Mauricio

Latest results
Total
Home
Away

4-0 vs Lens (H)

W

3-0 vs Strasbourg (A)

W

2-0 vs Nantes (H)

W

1-1 vs Olympique Marseille (A)

D

1-0 vs Metz (H)

W

1-0 vs Reims (A)

W

1-1 vs Rennes (H)

D

1-2 vs Brest (H)

L

1-2 vs AZ Alkmaar (A)

L

2-0 vs Anderlecht (H)

W
L

0-4 vs Lille (A)

W

2-0 vs Saint-Étienne (H)

D

1-1 vs Nîmes (A)

W

2-1 vs Bordeaux (H)

W

3-2 vs Lorient (A)

W

1-0 vs Paris Saint Germain (H)

L

1-2 vs Nice (A)

L

1-2 vs Paris (H)

L

1-3 vs (H)

W

3-2 vs Genk (A)

17

Goals Scored

15

4

Over 2.5 Goals

7

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

4-0 vs Lens (H)

W

2-0 vs Nantes (H)

W

1-0 vs Metz (H)

W

1-1 vs Rennes (H)

D

1-2 vs Brest (H)

L

2-0 vs Anderlecht (H)

W
W

2-0 vs Saint-Étienne (H)

W

2-1 vs Bordeaux (H)

W

1-0 vs Paris Saint Germain (H)

L

1-2 vs Paris (H)

L

1-3 vs (H)

11

Goals Scored

7

2

Over 2.5 Goals

3

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

3-0 vs Strasbourg (A)

W

1-1 vs Olympique Marseille (A)

D

1-0 vs Reims (A)

W

1-2 vs AZ Alkmaar (A)

L
L

0-4 vs Lille (A)

D

1-1 vs Nîmes (A)

W

3-2 vs Lorient (A)

L

1-2 vs Nice (A)

W

3-2 vs Genk (A)

6

Goals Scored

8

2

Over 2.5 Goals

4

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

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