Lens vs Montpellier HSC Match Review
October 14, 2022
Ligue 1 rivals Lens and Montpellier HSC will resume hostilities on Saturday night with both teams looking to avenge recent losses.
Les Sang et Or’s loss to Lille last week was their first of the year, and La Paillade’s loss to Monaco on matchday 10 was also their first loss.
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Lens vs Montpellier HSC Tips and Prediction
The 2020-21 champions Lille defeated Lens last week in a game decided by two penalties, with Lucas Chevalier saving Florian Sotoca’s attempt with only 15 minutes remaining. This was Lens’ first loss of the 2022–23 campaign.
After Benjamin Andre was brought down in the area on the verge of halftime, it was Lille’s chance to attempt a goal from 12 yards, and Jonathan David converted with ease to give Les Dogues all three points and put an end to Lens’ unbeaten streak.
As they have done since being promoted to the top division in 2020, it is not surprising to find Franck Haise’s team competing with the elite, and Les Sang et Or are still in a very respectable fourth place after 10 games with 21 points.
Les Olympiens’ shocking loss to Ajaccio last week reduced the distance to third-placed Marseille to just two points, allowing Haise’s team to move into the Champions League spots with a victory on Saturday before Igor Tudor’s team takes on Paris Saint-Germain in Le Classique 24 hours later.
The 2022–23 season will see Lens return to the Stade Bollaert–Delelis, where they have a perfect record of five victories in a row; only Lorient has a perfect home record; and where Haise’s team hasn’t lost in front of their own fans since March.
Last weekend’s loss to Monaco at the Stade de la Mosson resulted in Montpellier’s team losing for the fourth time in five Ligue 1 games, which did little to improve the mood in the Montpellier camp.
Les Monegasques took the lead just before halftime on Breel Embolo’s deft turn-and-finish, and 10 minutes from time, Myron Boadu netted his first domestic goal of the season to seal the victory for Philippe Clement’s team.
Montpellier is now in the middle of the standings in 10th place with 12 points, four points clear of the four-team relegation zone but a significant eight points behind the places in Europe despite their recent run of losses and propensity to give up goals.
The 58-year-old has been given a golden ticket to turn around Montpellier’s dismal run of form, which has seen them concede at a rate of two goals per game since the start of September. Dall’Oglio’s job would allegedly be in even more danger if it weren’t for financial restrictions, and as a result, the 58-year-job old’s is allegedly in even more jeopardy than it is currently.
Montpellier, the only team without a draw so far this Ligue 1 season, travel to Lens having lost eight of their previous nine away games in the top flight. The exception was the 7-0 thrashing of Dall’Oglio’s former team Brest, and their most recent trip to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in April resulted in a loss.
As Dall’Oglio just cannot find the right defensive formula for his side, playing against a leaky Montpellier team is exactly what Lens needs to get back to winning ways. The absence of Ferri should also be felt.
Dall’Oglio-led teams are always dangerous in the last third, but Lens hasn’t had many home losses so far, and they should keep up their perfect winning streak at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis to get back on track.