Lens vs Dijon
French Ligue 1 Play-offs
Date: Thursday, 30 May 2019
Kick-Off 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Lens).
Lens survived two extra.-time thrillers to go all the way to the promotional play-offs finals in spite of coming fifth at the end of the regular season in Ligue 2. Sang et Or showed a fantastic character to go past the likes of Paris on penalties and Troyes after extra-time even though they were underdogs before these two away fixtures.
Phiippe Montanier’s men generally enjoyed a fabulous finish to the regular season as three successive wins over Clermont, Ajaccio and Orleans helped them break into the top-five in the league ladder after all. They will thus head into the first leg of this final tie against Dijon in the highest of spirits.
The superb defensive rhythm in matches at Stade Bollaert-Delelis will be something the hosts will rely on coming into this fixture. Lens had the second-best defensive record in Ligue 2 on the home patch.
They shipped just 9 goals in 18 hone outings this season. Can they keep things quiet at the back here against Dijon?
Lens vs Dijon: Head-to-head
It’s been three years since these two likes last locked horns and back then they were battling it out in Ligue 2.
Draw was the most common of outcomes in the history of head to head matches between the two sides.
Five of last six head to head encounters saw goals scored at both ends.
Lens vs Dijon: Prediction
Dijon have a reputation for having one of the weakest defences in the league this season. They shipped 60 goals in 38 matches in Ligue 1 (the second-worst defensive record in the entire division).
The Mustards can only thank Bordeaux who stunned Caen 0-1 in the last game of the season as it was a result which allowed Dijon to escape the red zone and reach the play-offs spot.
Overall, the Mustards struggled badly on travels so far in the season. They have a dreadful record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 13 defeats in 19 matches on the road.
The team shipped 31 goals in the process. Dijon lost 10 of past 11 league games on the road failing to find the back of the net in any of these ten defeats.
Given they are up against a formidable defensive line of Lens’ here, the clean sheet win for the hosts is the best of betting options without doubts.
The second leg of the Ligue 1 promotion play-off will be played on Sunday, 2 June 2019 at the Stade Gaston-Gerard.
Lens vs Dijon: Bet Tips
Lens to win @ 2.25 (5/4)
Lens to keep a clean sheet @ 2.50 (6/4).