Ligue 1 Preview: RC Lens vs. Guingamp

Updated: August 11, 2014
RC Lens

Match Date: 16 August 2014 (local time)

Venue:  Stade Félix-Bollaert


RC Lens and Guingamp will try to seek redemption and collect more points as the two clubs lost during their first match in the season.
A goal from Nantes’ substitute, Yacine Bammou shattered Lens’ dreams of clinching its first three (3) points, whilst Mevlut Erding’s brace for Saint Etienne left Guingamp in a struggling state.


The contenders

RC Lens

Certainly, Lens, was not the cry baby type of club, which entered the match against Nantes. The newly-promoted squad made an impressive job of limiting the Canaries’ scoring chances. Les Sang et Or’s defensive prowess lasted until the early minutes of the second half.


Unfortunately, Yacine Bammou saw the scoring opportunity during the 65th minute and eventually delivered the winning goal.



Guingamp was not so clinical during its match against Saint Etienne. The club had its chances of equalizing. But poor finishing prevented them to do so. The damage became even worse when Erding scored a corner seconds before the final whistle took place.


Prediction, scene-stealers and flops

Lens was a stand-out during its first match. Defender, Ludovic Baal, in particular was superb. But they had to push a little harder should they want to remain a competitive club in the league.


Meanwhile, Guingamp actually has the chance to score the victory if not for Chirstophe Mandanne’s offside shot and Mustapaha Yatabare’s missed goal. Those two crucial opportunities to grab the lead were immediately put into waste due to a disorganized playing style.


Considering the fact that both squads are eager to clinch their first win, it is hard not to entertain the possibility of a draw. This is despite the fact that Lens had a home court advantage to brag about.



What the odds say

A draw is pegged at a profitable value of 3 in the sports betting site, 12BET. However, going for Lens is also a lucrative one as its odds of winning is pegged at 1.83.


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