Nantes head to Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Sunday for the Ligue 1 meeting with home side RC Lens.
View all RC Lens v Nantes tips, stats and our pre-match poll below – as well as the best betting odds.
RC Lens won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 4-0 Ligue 1 defeat in their last game at the hands of Lille.
In that match, RC Lens managed 44% possession and 7 shots at goal with 2 on target. For their opponents, LOSC Lille Métropole had 17 shots on goal with 6 on target. Burak Yılmaz (11'), Jonathan Bamba (47'), Jonathan Ikoné (69') and Yusuf Yazıcı (79') scored for Lille.
Franck Haise’s RC Lens have hit the target a sum total of 9 times in their last 6 outings. Conversely, the number of goals that they have conceded in those fixtures amounts to 8.
Coming into this clash, RC Lens are unbeaten in their previous 4 league matches at home.
Nantes go into this match after a 3-1 Ligue 1 win in the defeat of Brest in their previous fixture.
In that match, Nantes had 39% possession and 12 shots at goal with 8 of them on target. For Nantes, goals were scored by Randal Kolo (16'), Ludovic Blas (30') and Kader Bamba (79'). On the other side, Stade Brestois 29 had 14 shots at goal with 5 on target. Romain Faivre (68') was the scorer for Brest.
In a total of 5 of the previous 6 games involving Nantes, at least three goals have been hit. The average number of goals per game within that spell is 3.17, with the average number of goals for Les Canaris coming out as 1.5.
Going into this encounter, Nantes have not won away from home in their last 5 matches in the league.
Head to head
A look at their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 31/10/2011 tells us that RC Lens have won 2 of these games & Nantes 4, with the number of draws standing at 0.
In all, 11 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 3 from Les Artésiens and 8 belonging to Les Canaris. That is an average goals per game value of 1.83.
Team News: RC Lens
Cheick Traoré (Achilles tendon rupture) and Ignatius Ganago (Sprained ankle) will not be able to play for Lens boss Franck Haise. Ineligible players who cannot play in this game through suspension are Jonathan Gradit and Clément Michelin.
Team News: Nantes
Due to a mostly available group of players, there is only the one fitness problem for the Nantes boss Christian Gourcuff to contend with. Anthony Limbombe (Tear in the abductor muscle) won’t be in action.
Our feeling is that Nantes will need to push hard to hit the back of the net against this RC Lens outfit who we reckon should score at least once to gain the upper hand.
Therefore, we predict a hard-fought 1-0 winning score for RC Lens at the conclusion of the game.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
What are the top odds for this match?
Regarding the latest bookmaker odds on the win-draw-win market, a victory for RC Lens is best priced at 2.144, a wager on the game finishing all-square is 3.42 & selecting a win for Nantes will get you 3.75. They’re the best of the market prices available right now.