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Bitesize Prediction: Lens vs Clermont – 20/04/24

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News, Ligue 1 18 Apr 2024

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Competition: Ligue 1

Market: Both teams to score

Odds: 1/1 @ BetUS

Desperate to shore up their spot in the European chase, Lens will welcome Clermont to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Saturday night.

Starting with the hosts, while Lens might still find themselves sat in the driving seat to claim another European finish this season, Franck Haise’s men have shown some extended issues on either side of March’s international break. Last seen putting in another worrying performance as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Metz, the former Lorient boss has seen his squad muster just a single point from any of their previous four Ligue 1 appearances. Heading into the fortnight interval with a 3-1 drumming at home against Nice, Lens have also shipped eight goals on their four-match blip. Likewise, suffering Europa League heartbreak back in February as they suffered a 3-2 aggregate defeat against German outfit Freiburg, Saturday’s hosts should also be concerned by their struggles on home soil. Including an action-packed 3-2 loss against Monaco on February 25th, Haise’s side have won just a pair of their previous eight showdowns at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

As for the visitors, while Clermont might have shocked many last season as they secured a top-half finish, the Lancers have come crashing back down to earth this time around. Sat rock-bottom of the Ligue 1 table and six points adrift of safety, Pascal Gastien’s men are limping their way to a second-tier return. Last seen settling for a 1-1 stalemate at home against Montpellier, the former Niort boss has seen his squad muster just a single win from any of their last 12 appearances across all competitions – a run that stems back to a 2-1 victory against Nantes on January 14th. Likewise, crashing out of the Coupe de France thanks to a 3-1 loss against Strasbourg on January 21st, Clermont have also recorded just a single domestic clean sheet since opening the New Year. With Clermont seeing three of their previous four Ligue 1 appearances finish with both teams finding the net, we are expecting a similar outcome here.

Bet: Both teams to score at Lens vs Clermont 1/1 for Saturday’s Ligue 1 battle @ BetUS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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