RC Lens vs. Olympique Lyonnais 4/3/21 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

RC Lens vs. Olympique Lyonnais 4/3/21 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by

RC Lens 13-9-8, Olympique Lyonnais 17-9-4

4/3/21 3 pm

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RC Lens is welcoming Olympique Lyonnais to Stade Bollaert-Delelis in round 31 in the French Ligue 1.

Lens has been having a fantastic season, and they are in 5th place with 48 points, 46 scored goals, and 42 conceded goals, which is the Europa League spot. Lens has lost only 1 of their last 11 games, and that was in the French Cup, which means Lens got knocked out of that competition. Lens is among the best offensive teams this season, and Kakuta is their leading goalscorer with 9 goals. Sotoca has added 8 goals. Clauss has added 6 assists for Lens. Diallo is the only injured player, while Medina is suspended because of the yellow cards. Lens was playing against Strasbourg in their last Ligue 1 game, and it was on the road. Lens has had 41% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 76% of the correct passes. This wasn’t Lens’ best game, but they were still able to win 1-2. There are 4 teams including Lens fighting for this Europa League spot, and 2 are better than Lens, but Lens has been in better form, and if they can stay half as consistent, Lens will end up in the Europa League next season.

Lyon is winless in their last 2 Ligue 1 games, but they are still in the title race. With 60 points, Lyon is in 3rd place, which is only 3 points less than PSG and Lille, but only 1 point more than Monaco in 4th spot. With 59 scored goals, and 30 conceded goals, Lyon is one of the best teams overall in France, but their defense has been slipping lately. In their last 2 games, Lyon has conceded 5 goals while scoring only 3 goals. In their match against PSG before the break, Lyon has had 42% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 1 big chance created, and 86% of the correct passes. It wasn’t a bad game for Lyon, but they left too much space to PSG, and it cost them dearly. Lyon has lost this game 2-4. Depay has scored 14 goals and added 8 assists for Lyon so far, but it’s now clear that he will be leaving the team at the end of the season. Ekambi has added 12 goals and 5 assists. Aouar and Benlamri are the only 2 injured players for Lyon at the moment. Lyon is a good team, and they are still playing in the French Cup, but I still think Lyon will have a say in how this Ligue 1 season will shape up before it’s over.

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Lens hasn’t won any of their last 3 games against Lyon, while Lyon has lost only 1 game on the road this season. The trends are also on Lyon’s side in this matchup, and if they lose here, they could lose their Champions League spot. I will take Lyon on the road because they are the better team here.

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Goran’s Pick Lyon -120

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