Lens welcome AC Ajaccio at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Saturday for a match in the penultimate round of the current Ligue 1 season.
Lens are chasing the first place in the Ligue 1 after collecting 78 points from their initial 36 encounters. AC Ajaccio trail them on 23 points after 36 rounds, sitting as number 19 in the table.
AC Ajaccio got hammered last time out and have no intention of letting that go by unnoticed. Lens need to strap up before the ride on Saturday, as the visitors look for revenge.
Lens are confident they will be scoring goals in their next assignment in the Ligue 1, as they show off very admirable numbers from their past ten matches. The hosts scored 2.2 goals on average per match, or 22 goals in total, while allowing seven goals against, for an average of 0.7 per outing. They managed five clean sheets along the way.
AC Ajaccio average 0.2 goals a game in their last ten outing, scoring a total of two goals. They conceded an average of 2.4 per game, for a total of 24 goals, whilst keeping their opponents from scoring two times.
Lens and AC Ajaccio had to settle for a point each in their most recent match, which finished with a 0-0 scoreline. The best betting odds on a draw at full-time with the bookies are at 7/1.
Lens vs AC Ajaccio Prediction
In their last three outings, Lens won 2-1 against Marseille, beat Reims by 2-1 and hammered Lorient 1-3. Lens won five of their last six Ligue 1 matches at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, scoring 13 and conceding four along they way. They also drew once as they remained without defeat.
AC Ajaccio Form
AC Ajaccio got away with only one point from their previous three games, and they claimed it in a 0-0 draw with Toulouse. Then PSG proved too strong in a 5-0 defeat, just like Rennes who won 0-5. AC Ajaccio came through their last six away games in the Ligue 1 without a single win. Of those six matches, they drew zero and lost six in which, they were outscored by 17 goals to two.
While we don't believe AC Ajaccio are strong enough to prevent Lens from a home win, we believe they are capable of limiting the defeat to only a few goals.
Lens took 40 points from their last 18 encounters with teams from the bottom half of the Ligue 1 table. This amounts to 11 wins after scoring 28 times and conceding 12. AC Ajaccio fought their way to one win and four points from their last ten games against teams inside the top six. They were on target five times in these matches, but also let in 31 goals. Lens have a record of 23 wins, nine draws and four defeats in the Ligue 1 this season. AC Ajaccio put six wins, five draws and 25 defeats on the board in the Ligue 1.
Lens vs AC Ajaccio Stats
- Lens have not lost 30 of the last 31 home matches
- Lens have scored in the last 17 matches in a row
- In 16 of the last 18 Lens home matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Lens have scored in 19 of the last 21 home matches
- Lens have won 9 of the last 10 matches
- AC Ajaccio have conceded in the last 16 away matches in a row
- AC Ajaccio have lost 9 of the last 10 away matches while scoring less than 1.5 goals
- AC Ajaccio have not won the last 11 matches in a row
- AC Ajaccio have lost 9 of the last 11 matches while scoring less than 1.5 goals
- AC Ajaccio have conceded in 20 of the last 22 matches
Lens vs AC Ajaccio Squads
The 52-year-old coach of the home team, Franck Haise, will select the lineup against AC Ajaccio from the squad below. The information in the brackets refers to goals scored and matches played in the Ligue 1 this season:
Brice Samba (0/36), Jean-Louis Leca (0/0), Wuilker Farinez (0/0), Adrien Louveau (0/0), Facundo Medina (2/31), Ismael Boura (0/9), Jimmy Cabot (0/11), Jonathan Gradit (1/31), Kevin Danso (1/35), Massadio Haidara (0/34), Steven Fortes (0/1), Adam Oudjani (0/0), Adrien Thomasson (4/33), Angelo Fulgini (1/15), David Costa (1/30), Deiver Machado (3/31), 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 (1/31), Seko Fofana (7/34), Yacouba Barry (0/0), Adam Buksa (0/6), Alexis Claude (3/20), Florian Sotoca (7/36), Ikoma Lois Openda (19/36), Remy Lascary (0/10), Wesley Said (5/19).
AC Ajaccio Squad
Below is the full team squad of AC Ajaccio. The manager Pantaloni will pick his starting XI against Lens from these players:
Benjamin Leroy (0/31), Francois-Joseph Sollacaro (0/5), Ghjuvanni Quilichini (0/0), Anthony Khelifa (0/0), Cedric Avinel (1/23), Chaker Alhadhur (0/0), Clement Vidal (0/24), Fernand Mayembo (0/11), Ismael Diallo (0/27), Mickael Alphonse (0/26), Mohamed Youssouf (0/28), Oumar Gonzalez (0/28), Tony Strata (0/0), Victor Lebas (0/0), Florian Chabrolle (0/7), Kevin Spadanuda (0/22), Mathieu Coutadeur (0/25), Mehdi Puch-Herrantz (0/0), Mickael Barreto (1/18), Paolo Lebas (0/0), Thomas Mangani (1/25), Vincent Marchetti (0/29), Yanis Cimignani (0/8), Youssouf Kone (0/13), Alassane N'Diaye (0/0), Cyrille Bayala (1/31), Jean Botue (0/8), Mohamed Youcef Belaili (6/23), Mounaim El Idrissy (6/32), Moussa Kalilou Djitte (0/0), Moussa Soumano (1/12), Romain Hamouma (2/19), Ruan Levine (0/0), Ryad Nouri (1/31), Yoann Touzghar (0/11).
Lens vs AC Ajaccio Team News
Lens might be looking at four missing players for their upcoming assignment against AC Ajaccio. Brice Samba gets a day off from the Lens squad, as he serves out a suspension.
Adam Buksa, Jimmy Cabot and Wuilker Farinez are missing from the squad, Lens will field against AC Ajacciothis coming Saturday.
AC Ajaccio are juggling with three absent players on on Saturday when travelling to Lens.
AC Ajaccio need to do without Jean Botue, Kevin Spadanuda and Mickael Barreto, who are not fit enough to travel to Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
Lens vs AC Ajaccio Lineups
Lens vs AC Ajaccio H2H
Lens and AC Ajaccio settled for a point in a 0-0 draw, when last faced with each other. The best betting odds on a another draw at full-time with the bookies are at 7/1. Lens have a 22% win rate in the against AC Ajaccio, who won one of these matches. The total record reads 2-6-1, which is worth keeping in mind before you make a choice for your next accumulator, depending on your betting strategy.
Lens vs AC Ajaccio Results
Both teams found the back of the net two times in the last nine matches between Lens and AC Ajaccio.
Lens vs AC Ajaccio Betting Tips
Ikoma Lois Openda enjoys a great season with 19 league goals to his name, and he will be a handful for even the best of defences.
Stade Bollaert-Delelis witnessed Lens winning eight times in their last 10 matches here, whilst drawing one and losing one as well. AC Ajaccio claimed one wins, zero draw and nine defeats in their last 10 games away. Of the last 10 times Lens stepped out in front of their home crowd, "both teams to score" happened six times. Both teams also scored in four of the last 10 away games for AC Ajaccio.
Both teams not to score was a winning bet seven times in the last nine encounters between Lens and AC Ajaccio. Under 2.5 goals came out nine times in these with Lens managing an average of 0.55 goals, and AC Ajaccio 0.44 goals a game. There were over 2.5 goals scored in eight of Lens’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. They scored an average of 2.2 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals happened in six of the last ten games for AC Ajaccio, who scored 0.2 times on average in those matches.