OL-Lens: what happened last time
On January 17, 2015, OL traveled not to the Bollaert but to the Stade de la Licorne in Amiens to face RC Lens. Indeed, in anticipation of Euro 2016, the Sang et Or's usual venue was under renovation, and therefore inaccessible. Lyon, at the top of Ligue 1, would face a struggling Lens team as Antoine Kombouaré's men were in 19th place. But on a pitch in very poor condition it was impossible for either of the two teams to really play. Hubert Fournier set out an eleven that day composed of eight players trained at the club: Lopes, Umtiti, Gonalons, Tolisso, Ferri, Ghezzal, Lacazette and Fekir.
OL found the opening on a cross from Nabil Fekir: a poor clearance surprised Gbamin and the defender finally put it past his own goalkeeper in trying to clear the ball. A few minutes later, the Lyonnais had a penalty after a handball by a Lens player. Alex Lacazette converted with ease, but Lens tried to get back into the game, as Lopes was tested several times in keeping his clean sheet. OL thus won 2-0 and kept first place in the table -- a scenario that would suit Rudi Garcia's men perfectly this Wednesday.