Lens receives Strasbourg on Saturday evening (9 pm) as part of the 19th day of Ligue 1. Here is all you need to know about this meeting.
Lens managed to make OL doubt Wednesday and narrowly bowed (3-2) while Strasbourg managed an offensive festival against Nîmes (5-0). It is therefore an open meeting that we expect, between two formations that are doing well offensively. The Sang et Or are installed in the first part of the table, the Alsatians wish to move a little further from the red zone.
Stats to know (with Opta)
Lens has lost only one of its last 9 games against Strasbourg in Ligue 1 (4 wins, 4 draws), after losing 3 of the previous 5 (1 win, 1 draw).
Lens remains on 9 matches without defeat at home against Strasbourg in Ligue 1 (6 wins, 3 draws). This is his longest home unbeaten streak against the Alsatians in the top flight.
Each of the 2 teams has scored at least one goal in the last 7 meetings between Lens and Strasbourg in Ligue 1, but neither has ever exceeded 2 goals in the same match in this period.
Defeated 3-2 in Lyon on January 6, Lens alternated victory and defeat in their last 7 Ligue 1 matches (3 wins, 4 defeats).
Strasbourg have won 3 of their last 6 Ligue 1 matches (1 draw, 2 losses), as many as in their previous 16 (3 draws, 10 losses).
Lens have won only one of their last 5 home matches in Ligue 1 (2 draws, 2 losses), having won their first 3 this season. The Sang-et-Or remain on a success in their den, 2-1 against Brest on December 23.
Strasbourg has won 2 of its last 3 trips in Ligue 1 (1 success), after having won only one of the previous 8 (1 draw, 6 defeats).
Strasbourg scored 7 away penalty goals in Ligue 1 2020/21 – already tying the record for an entire season for an away team in the 21st century (Lille in 2018/19).
If he plays, Jean-Louis Leca will play his 100th Ligue 1 match (81 with Bastia, 1 with Valenciennes, 17 with Lens). At 35 years and 3 months, he would be the 6th oldest player to reach this milestone since 1950, after Carlos Adolfo Sosa, Kossi Agassa, Yoann Poulard, Pawel Kryske and Ludovic Butelle.
Strasbourg coach Thierry Laurey has lost 63% of his matches against teams promoted to Ligue 1 (10/16), the worst percentage among coaches with at least 100 matches on a bench in the elite.