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Lens-OL: Keep moving forward (9 p.m., Canal +)

Published on 02 April 2021 at 6:00 AM
Lens - OL : Reprendre la marche en avant (21h, Canal +)
OL will travel to Lens on Saturday for Matchday 31 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Two weeks after a loss at home to PSG, Lyon have the opportunity to get back on track and keep their place on the podium.

The context

OL lost their last Ligue 1 match two weeks ago, before the international break. Used to seeing a major part of their squad fly to the four corners of the planet, Rudi Garcia only had to deal with the departures of six players because of health restrictions. This will have helped in preparing for the next set of fixture more calmly, with nearly complete squad. Currently third and three points behind the top two, the Lyonnais are far from having said their last word in the run-in. The must be careful, though, with form of the Monegasques, who have moved to within a point. As the president said at a recent press conference, “we have to finish strong.”

 

The challenge

The more the end of the season nears, the more the top four  continue their furious pace as just four points separate Monaco from PSG and there are still several direct confrontations before the last round, starting with PSG-LOSC at 5pm, just before OL's game against Lens. It's a very important match which could further compress things on the podium. By leaving Lens with three points, Les Gones would go level with the loser of the match between the Parisians and Lille, provided they don't draw. Simply put, this is an opportunity not to be missed, as is the chance to avoid being defeated for the second match in a row.

 

The opponent

Behind a closely packed top four we find s promoted side in RC Lens, the big surprise of this season and already with several big names among its victims, including PSG at the start of the season. Three points ahead of their closest pursuer and four from 7th and 8th, Franck Haise's men have all but guaranteed their survival and can now start dreaming of Europe next season, a real mark of progress for this team which clearly no longer intends to bounce between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. Renowned for its formidable support, Lens have been able to perform well without being able to count on their supporters while playing at home. This absence has been felt despite their place in the table as Gaël Kakuta and his teammates have 8 more points away from home than at the Stade Felix Bollaert, a disparity that OL will look to exploit to start the run-in off in the best possible way.

 

 

 

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