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Prediction: Lille vs Lens

Verdict: Lens to score in 1st half

Best odds: 2.40

Bookmaker: ZetBet

Round 27 of Ligue 1 kicks off Friday night at Stade Pierre-Mauroy with Lille hosting Lens in a battle for a top 4 finish. The stake is high considering the teams are separated by a single point with 11 rounds to go.

Lille

Lille are going through an excellent period both domestically and in Europe. The team coached by Paulo Fonseca is unbeaten in the last 5 matches, a run that has propelled Lille to 4th place. They currently sit tied on points with Nice.

The Mastiffs made a strong showing in the Conference League as well by reaching the quarter-finals after demolishing Sturm Graz in a double-header (4-1 aggregate score). Moreover, the Stade Pierre-Mauroy is becoming a real fortress with Lille unbeaten since the end of September when Reims managed to win 2-1 on the bounce.

Lille’s fate looks to be decided in the next three weeks. After the Lens game, the hosts will welcome Marseille, followed by a fiery knockout double in the Conference League against Aston Villa. Following their two-match winless run in the league, the hosts need three points to get back on track. However, Paulo Fonseca’s side is playing attacking football, with his players finding the back of the net in all their competitive games and rather than betting on a winner here, our suggestion is to go for goals.

Team News

Centre forward Andrej Ilic is out with a broken fibula. His recovery is progressing well, and the young striker is set to return at the beginning of April.

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