Competition: Ligue 1
Market: Lens draw no bet
Odds: 8/11 @ 1xBet
Hoping to make up some ground in the top-four chase on Friday night, Lens will travel to the Stade de la Mosson when they meet Montpellier.
Starting with the hosts, while Montpellier might have opened the 2023/24 campaign with their sights set on mounting a genuine top-half charge, Michel Der Zakarian’s side are enduring another Ligue 1 struggle. Last seen putting in another worrying performance as they slumped to a routine 2-0 defeat at the hands of Monaco, La Paillade are looking over their shoulder at a looming relegation scrap. Opening up this weekend’s fixtures holding just a one-point buffer from slipping into the relegation play-off spot, Montpellier should be bracing themselves for another stern examination here. Mustering just a pair of points from any of their last five Ligue 1 appearances – a run that stems back to October 29th – Friday’s hosts have also shown some extended issues on home soil. Including a 3-1 defeat against Brest when returning from November’s international break, Der Zakarian’s side have recorded just a sole victory at the Stade de la Mosson so far this season.
As for the visitors, while Lens might have suffered an infamous 6-0 drumming at the hands of Premier League giants Arsenal last week, Franck Haise’s side came roaring back in some style. Landing an action-packed 3-2 victory against Lyon, Le Racing have won three of their previous four appearances across all competitions. Looking to make up some ground in the top-four chase on Friday night, Lens have lost just a pair of their previous 14 straight contests across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to September 16th. Smelling a potential opportunity here, Haise’s side should also be excited by an eye-catching record against the Ligue 1 relegation scrappers. Losing just one of their last seven showdowns against Montpellier, Lens should be relishing a trip to the Stade de la Mosson this weekend. Given the recent gulf in class between Friday’s opponents, we are backing an away draw no bet.
Bet: Lens draw no bet against Montpellier 8/11 for Friday’s Ligue 1 battle @ 1xBet
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