Lens vs Troyes: Team News, Prediction, Lineups

Should Troyes avoid loss, they will move into the top half of the standings, while the home team has the opportunity to climb to the top of the table should they win the match.

Lens vs Troyes Match Preview

Since being promoted from Ligue 2, Lens has been going from strength to strength under the direction of head coach Franck Haise, as seen by the team’s two consecutive seventh-place results.

Les Sang et Or have maintained their unblemished record in dramatic fashion on the road against Reims to climb into the top four of Ligue 1 after six games.

After losing Deiver Machado in the 66th minute and then having the score tied by the home team’s Folarin Balogun five minutes later, most teams would have conceded defeat. The modern Lens team, though, is made of sterner material, as shown by Lois Openda’s rescue goal in the 82nd minute.

Haise and his players have won all three of their home games so far this season, and another victory over Troyes on Friday would put them atop the Ligue 1 standings for the night before their opponents have a chance to overtake them on Saturday.

However, Troyes is not to be taken lightly, as they managed to get a point in their last encounter while playing with 10 men.

As Ike Ugbo put Bruno Irles’s side ahead in the 14th minute, Yoann Salmier was sent off for a studs-up challenge 13 minutes later, making it difficult for the rest of his team to recover.

Lens vs. Troyes Team News, Prediction, Lineups Post Image

After Baptiste Santamaria’s equalizer three minutes after halftime, Renne’s victory seemed certain. However, ESTAC won a potentially pivotal point thanks to heroic goalkeeping by Gauthier Gallon, who was booked for time-wasting as part of his entire effort.

A three-game losing streak to start the season was followed by a draw for Troyes, who had barely avoided relegation by six points in their return to Ligue 1 a year earlier.

Avoiding loss on Friday night in Lens would be a huge boost for Irles’ hopes of climbing out of the extended relegation zone this season.

Lens vs Troyes Team News

Machado will not play against Troyes due to his ban. However, he was a substitute in the last game.

Gael Kakuta, Wesley Said, Adam Buksa, Wuilker Farinez, and club captain Seko Fofana are all sidelined for Friday’s match, limiting Haise’s selection choices.

It’s possible he’ll go with the same starting lineup that tied for a point in Reims, with Openda again in the forefront of the attack after pulling off an unlikely draw.

Meanwhile, following Salmier’s dismissal against Rennes, Troyes will be making the trip without him. In the aftermath of Salmier’s ejection, veteran defender Adil Rami was brought in as a replacement and is expected to start.

Andreas Bruus and Karim Azamoum remain out with knee ailments, although Abdu Conte might return to the team depending on examinations of his recent muscle injury.

  • Possible Lens Opening Day Lineup: Samba, Gradit, Danso Medina, Frankowski, Samed, Poreba, Haidara, Sotoca, Openda, Costa.
  • Possible Troyes Opening Day Lineup: Gallon, T Balde, Porozo, Palmer-Brown, Rami, Larouci, Lopes, Kouame, Tardieu, Ugbo, M Balde.

Our Prediction: Lens 1-0 Troyes

Troyes will want to slow Lens down, so he’ll have to be patient if he wants to pull off a win.

Lens’s continued improvement under Haise will likely result in opponents staking out more defensive positions, a challenge they’ll need to overcome if they want to keep challenging for a playoff spot.

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