Lens vs Orleans
French Ligue 2
Date: Friday, 17 May 2019
Kick-Off 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Lens).
Lens have a great chance to confirm the spot in the promotional play-offs on Friday night when they host out-of-form and non-motivated Orleans in the last round of the regular season in Ligue 2.
The hosts have the pole position in the battle for the fifth place (the last spot which leads to play-offs). They are lock points with sixth-placed Lorient going into this last round fixture, but have a much better goal difference, meaning a win here secures them the top-five finish.
Orleans also had a decent campaign this season overall. They will finish it in the top half of the standings which is a clear improvement compared to the previous term. Nevertheless, they were not pulling up any trees lately.
A streak of four defeats and a draw in last five rounds moved them away from the promotional challenge. They failed to score a single goal in last four league ties, including a goalless draw with the penultimate-placed Beziers on the home patch last Friday.
Lens vs Orleans: Head-to-head
Outfits have three wins apiece coming into their seventh head to head meeting.
None of past three H2H ties saw goals scored at both ends.
Lens picked up a 0-2 victory when teams locked horns in the first half of the season at Stade de la Source.
It was their first win after three successive losses to Orleans.
Lens vs Orleans: Prediction
Sang et Or were very tough to break down in the last couple of months. The rock-solid defense was the main catalyst for the rise in form and the fact they broke into the top-five in the league ladder after all.
Philippe Montanier’s troops kept six clean sheets in last eight rounds and they go into this in the highest spirits after two consecutive clean sheet wins over Clermont (1-0) and Ajaccio (0-2).
The story is completely opposite with Orleans. They have nothing to play for here and they were struggling badly for goals lately. The first bet will be Lens to keep their net untouched, while braver punters can try with the 2-0 correct score bet.
Lens vs Orleans: Bet Tips
Lens to keep a clean sheet @ 1.45
FT: 2-0 Correct Score @ 5.50.