Forecast for OGC Nice - RC Lens
In one of the most interesting matches during the resumption of the French Ligue 1, the teams of Nice and RC Lens will compete.
The hosts made a very good series of meetings before the break of the championship.
Nice are unbeaten in their last 6 Ligue 1 matches . Having recorded 3 wins and 3 draws in that period.
But despite this, they remain far behind the leaders in the ranking . Among which, of course, is their current opponent.
The visitors, on the other hand, are having an amazing season under the guidance of their coach Frank Heise.
RC Lens have won five games in a row to close the first phase of the season above all but PSG.
Meanwhile, the visitors also won 3 controls (against Montpellier, Le Havre and Reims) during the World Cup break.
Heise's side will now look to keep PSG within five points with a win at the Allianz Riviera today.
Before the Yellow-Reds face a head-to-head clash against the Parisian giants at their Stade Felix Bolaert.
Where RC Lens has won every single one of their eight matches so far.
Nice - statistics and info
Expectations for the Nice team were high before the start of the season.
Given the hefty sum allocated to new signings in the summer and the quality selection as a result.
But 15 rounds of the 2022/23 season have already been played. And the southerners are in the middle of the ranking .
It got here after the team led by Lucien Favre scored only 6 goals and took only 2 victories in 7 home games .
However, Nice won their group in the Conference League and will play directly in the 1/16-finals of the tournament in the spring.
The red-blacks played 4 control matches during the break in the championship.
They won just one of them (1-1-2). But they also recorded a prestigious 1-1 draw against Tottenham in the last of them.
Leading scorer Andy Delort will most likely miss this game due to illness.
And after hosting RC Lens, Nice's tough schedule continues with a trip to Rennes next Monday.
RC Lens - statistics and info
RC Lens has been champion of France only once so far in his history. This happened more than 20 years ago - in 1998.
Since then, they have been showing their best form in Ligue 1 this season.
Even before the suspension due to the World Cup, they were on a stunning streak of 5 consecutive victories .
As the Red and Yellows, they have lost just one game (11-3-1) all season so far.
Thus, Frank Heise's players welcomed Christmas in 2nd place in the standings .
And they have a five-point lead over third-place Rennes before the games of this round are played.
Only Paris Saint-Germain (9) have conceded fewer goals than Frank Heise's side (10).
Who recorded 4 consecutive clean sheets at home before Samed's own goal in the 2-1 win over Clermont in their last game in November.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineups: Schmeichel; Lotomba, Todibo, Dante, Bard; Budawi, Rosario, Thuram; Pepe, Laborde, Brahimi
Injured: Lemina, Atal, Bulka, Diop
Questionable: Delort, Ramsay
Lineups: Samba; Gradit, Danso, Medina; Frankovski, Fofana, Abdul Samed, Machado; Sotoka, Said, Costa
Injured: Farinez, Cabot, Buxa
Ranking and Form in the league