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Auxerre will be taking on visiting team Lens at Stade de l'Abbe-Deschamps in a Ligue 1 tie this coming Saturday.

One spot behind the leader of the table, Lens have claimed 81 points after 37 rounds, while Auxerre have amassed 35 points and are now ranked as number 16 in the Ligue 1 standings.

Auxerre are looking for a payback after suffering a disappointing defeat in their latest encounter with Lens but odds don't favour them to pull it off.

Auxerre scored 11 goals, conceded 11 and fought their way to two clean sheets in their previous ten matches.

Lens go into the next Ligue 1 match with an average of 2.1 goals a game from their last ten matches. They scored an extremely presentable total of 21 goals, while also conceding seven times. This is a total average of 0.7 per game, in which they managed five clean sheets.

Lens ran out 1-0 winners the last time these two rivals played each other and are definitely planning to claim three points again this coming Saturday.

Auxerre vs Lens Prediction

Auxerre Form

A single point is all Auxerre have to show from their last three games, where they came up short, losing 1-0 and 1-2 against Brest and PSG respectively. Their latest match brought some consolation with a 1-1 against Toulouse. Auxerre claimed a modest two wins in their past six home matches in the Ligue 1. They also drew three and lost one, scored six goals and conceded five.

Auxerre are closer to the relegation zone than they would have wished for at this late stage of the season. They are still capable of pulling clear though and securing another season in the top flight.

Lens Form

In their last three matches, Lens first beat Reims 2-1, then Lorient by 1-3 and finally AC Ajaccio by 3-0. Lens came through their last six away games in the Ligue 1 with four wins. Of those six matches, they drew once and lost once in which, they scored 11 and conceded five.

Auxerre look a little out of sorts and confidence could be vital to which way this encounter turns out. With the home side short on confidence, Lens is the value bet.

Lens recorded seven wins from their last 11 games against teams placed in the bottom six and collected 25 points. They scored 18 goals while conceding six. Auxerre are looking at a record of eight wins, 11 draws and 18 defeats in the Ligue 1 this season. Lens so far pulled off 24 wins, nine draws and four defeats in the Ligue 1.

Auxerre vs Lens Stats

  • In the last 15 Auxerre matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • In 6 of the last 7 matches Auxerre played, both teams scored
  • In 9 of the last 10 Auxerre home matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • In the last 4 home matches in a row Auxerre played, both teams scored
  • Auxerre have not won the last 6 matches in a row
  • Lens have scored in the last 18 matches in a row
  • Lens have scored in the last 14 away matches in a row
  • Lens have won 10 of the last 11 matches
  • Lens have not lost 13 of the last 15 matches
  • In 9 of the last 11 Lens matches the sum of goals was over 2.5

Auxerre vs Lens Squads

Auxerre Squad

The 57-year-old coach of the home team, Christophe Pelissier, will select the lineup against Lens from the squad below. The information in the brackets refers to goals scored and matches played in the Ligue 1 this season:

Donovan Leon (0/2), Ionut Andrei Radu (0/16), Theo De Percin (0/0), Vincenzo Cozzella (0/0), Akim Zedadka (1/27), Brayann Pereira (0/2), Denys Bain (0/2), Gideon Mensah (0/25), Jubal (3/36), Julian Jeanvier (1/22), Kenji Van Boto (0/2), Souleymane Toure (1/23), Theo Pellenard (0/0), Birama Toure (2/37), Elisha Owusu (0/0), Gauthier Hein (2/34), Hamza Sakhi (1/26), Han-Noah Massengo (0/13), Kays Ruiz-Atil (0/0), Kevin Danois (0/0), Mathias Autret (2/23), Natanael Bouekou (0/0), Ousoumane Camara (0/0), Rayan Raveloson (2/33), Siriki Dembele (0/11), Youssouf M'Changama (0/26), Gaetan Perrin (3/36), Idjessi Metsoko (0/0), Kylian Silvestre (0/0), Lassine Sinayoko (1/32), M'Baye Niang (5/29), Matthis Abline (3/29), Nuno Da Costa (5/32), Remy Dugimont (0/11).

Lens Squad

This is the full squad of players that the Lens head coach Haise will select from for his starting XI:

Brice Samba (0/37), Jean-Louis Leca (0/0), Wuilker Farinez (0/0), Adrien Louveau (0/0), Facundo Medina (2/32), Ismael Boura (0/9), Jimmy Cabot (0/11), Jonathan Gradit (1/32), Kevin Danso (1/36), Massadio Haidara (0/35), Steven Fortes (0/1), Adam Oudjani (0/0), Adrien Thomasson (5/34), Angelo Fulgini (1/16), David Costa (1/31), Deiver Machado (4/32), Fode Sylla (0/0), Jean Onana (0/20), Julien Le Cardinal (0/7), Lukasz Poreba (0/10), Mamadou Camara (0/0), Przemyslaw Frankowski (5/36), Salis Abdul Samed (1/32), Seko Fofana (7/35), Yacouba Barry (0/0), Adam Buksa (0/7), Alexis Claude (3/21), Florian Sotoca (7/37), Ikoma Lois Openda (20/37), Remy Lascary (0/10), Wesley Said (5/20).

Auxerre vs Lens Team News

Auxerre could be looking at three players on the injured and absent list ahead of their upcoming match against Lens.

Kays Ruiz-Atil, Ionut Andrei Radu and Theo Pellenard are all absent from the Auxerre squad that faces Lens at Stade de l'Abbe-Deschamps.

Lens are juggling with four absent players on on Saturday when travelling to Auxerre. For instance, Lens won't be able to field Brice Samba as he serves out a ban following too many cards.

Adam Buksa, Jimmy Cabot and Wuilker Farinez all face a spell on the sidelines for Lens due to various injuries.

Auxerre vs Lens Lineups

Auxerre vs Lens H2H

Lens celebrated a 1-0 win in their most recent meeting with their upcoming opponent. Are we in for something similar at Stade de l'Abbe-Deschamps this coming Saturday? Lens look back on four wins in their previous matches against their next opponent in the shape of Auxerre. The home side has a 20% win rate in these encounter for a total record of 2-4-4. No doubt worth keeping in mind before you make a choice for your next accumulator, depending on your betting strategy.

Auxerre vs Lens Results

In two of the previous ten matches between Auxerre and Lens both teams scored.

Auxerre vs Lens Betting Tips

It's been a great season for Ikoma Lois Openda so far with 20 goals to his name across all tournaments this season. He also hit the target five times in his last six games, and no doubt Lens want him to continue this productive spell against Auxerrethis coming Saturday.

Stade de l'Abbe-Deschamps saw Auxerre winning three, drawing four and losing three of their 10 most recent games here across all tournaments. Lens won four of their 10 most recent away games, drew three and lost three. Strap yourselves up for a goals at Stade de l'Abbe-Deschamps since both teams scored in six of the last 10 home matches for Auxerre. The same occurred in seven of the last 10 league games away from home for Lens.

Under 2.5 goals happened ten times in the last ten encounters between these two rivals. Auxerre managed an average of 0.4 goals, with Lens averaging 0.8 goals in these. Both teams not to score was a winning bet eight times in this run of matches. Over 2.5 goals happened in four of Auxerre’s last ten matches across all tournaments. They scored an average of 1.1 goals along the way. Over 2.5 goals happened in eight of the last ten games for Lens, who managed to hit the net 2.1 times on average in these games.