Troyes vs Lens (By: Alcuni)
Troyes vs Lens
Troyes had an amazing second part of the season finishing first in table with 5 points more than Metz. As I said, they had a slow start of the season with 5 defeats in a row but since then they lost only 4 games out of last 33 games played (3 of those at home). They finished with a series of 14 unbeaten games without a defeat taking 11 wins (8 in a row before ending with a 0-0 at home, their single draw in front of their fans). Due to this poor start of the season, they must play not the play-off for promotion, starting with this one and hopefully versus 18th in table from Ligue1. They are most in form team of the moment in Ligue 2 and expect to continue this outstanding form. Interesting to see in Nivet will play also in this game, as starter. He played in last game versus Ajaccio about 60 mins and all the players had t-shirt with his name on the back, as an homage for his carrier.
Lens won after penalties the 1st game from this play-off, beating Paris FC after 1-1 in 90 mins and also 120 mins. Should notice Lens played some good football only in first 15 mins, making the step back after Ambrose opened the scored after a huge mistake in Paris FC defense. They had a single shot on goal until the end of those 90 mins. Unlucky for them, conceded in 93 mins, after a suspect phase – the lineman rise his flag for an offside position, but this decision was completely ignored by the referee who allowed the goal. Also was first shot on goal for Paris FC (true is they hit the post once prior to this goal), Despite having only 2 shots on goal, the game was an alert one, with lot of pace. For sure would have been more interesting if Lens wouldn’t score so fast in game. As an observation, Lens lost all trips from championship versus top 4 teams, without scoring (0-2 versus Metz, Brest, Paris FC and 0-1 vs Paris FC). Bellegarde suffered an injury in this game, but he is in the squad – remains to see if he is 100 recovered.
Lens should be fatigue after 120 mins played couple of days before and I think they had not enough time to complete recover. For sure, as in Paris, they will have a numerous crowd on their side (I wrote an entire tribune will be allocated for Lens fans). However, don’t think this will be enough. Expect Troyes to continue their good shape and to snatch a win who will allow them to play the real play-off for Ligue1.
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Troyes vs Lens predictions
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Troyes vs Lens betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Alcuni).