Lens vs PSG Predictions

Lens vs PSG predictions ahead of this Ligue 1 affair. Paris Saint-Germain is set to continue their pursuit of the coveted Ligue 1 title as they travel north to face Lens at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Sunday. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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Ligue 1 | Gameweek 18 — Jan 14, 2024 at 7.45pm UK at Stade Bollaert-Delelis

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Lens vs PSG Predictions

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Reason for tip: Everton's recent defensive strength at Goodison Park, with seven Premier League clean sheets, suggests they can contain opponents. However, their current attacking form, marked by a lack of goals, indicates potential scoring struggles. Similarly, Crystal Palace's finishing issues, shown in their failure to score against a 10-man Everton in the first tie, support a prediction of a low-scoring match, possibly with one team not scoring.

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Reason for tip: Everton's urgency to overcome their goal drought and strong home record in FA Cup replays influence this prediction. Their robust defence, with Tarkowski and Mykolenko, hints at a potential clean sheet. Crystal Palace's poor away form and goal-scoring struggles suggest difficulty in breaking Everton's defence. A single Everton goal, perhaps from a set-piece or individual skill, appears likely in this expectedly close match.

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PSG’s Firepower Meets Lens’ Grit in Ligue 1 Showdown

Key Stats
– PSG’s Scoring Spree: Averaging 2.5 goals per game in Ligue 1 this season.
– Lens’ Home Fort: On a four-game winning streak at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in the league.
– Kylian Mbappe: PSG’s all-time highest scorer in the Coupe de France, leading the line with lethal efficiency.

The stage is set at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, where Paris Saint-Germain, buoyed by a series of triumphs, will face a stern test against Lens. This fixture not only pits two contrasting styles against each other but also offers a glimpse into the tactical acumen of Luis Enrique and Franck Haise. Let’s dive into an in-depth analysis, culminating with four key predictions.

Tactical Dynamics and Strategic Nuances

PSG’s Offensive Juggernaut: Under Luis Enrique, PSG has been an offensive powerhouse. Their remarkable record of 42 goals in 17 games speaks volumes about their attacking prowess. Kylian Mbappe, the linchpin of their offence, will be crucial in breaking down Lens’ defense. However, PSG’s occasional defensive lapses present a chink in their armour.

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Lens’ Uphill Battle: Lens, meanwhile, has shown glimpses of brilliance but has struggled for consistency. The absence of key players due to the African Cup of Nations adds to their challenge. They will rely heavily on their home form and the fervent support of their fans to upset PSG’s rhythm.

Key Battles: The midfield duel between PSG’s Vitinha and Lens’ Fulgini could dictate the tempo of the game. Additionally, the battle between Lens’ forward Sotoca and PSG’s defensive line, led by Marquinhos, could prove decisive.

Predicting the Gameplay

PSG is expected to control possession and exert pressure from the get-go. Lens might adopt a more defensive stance, looking to exploit PSG’s vulnerabilities on the counter-attack. The wide areas could be key battlegrounds, with both teams boasting pace and skill on the flanks.

Teams’ Strengths and Areas for Improvement

PSG’s Pro and Cons: PSG’s strength lies in their overwhelming attacking talent, but their defensive frailties, especially in set-piece situations, are a concern. Enrique needs to address these issues to avoid surprises against resilient teams like Lens.

Lens’ Challenges: Lens must improve their attacking output, especially in the absence of key players. Haise’s strategy to nullify PSG’s threats while creating scoring opportunities will be critical.

Managerial Critique

Luis Enrique’s PSG: Enrique has instilled a winning mentality in PSG, but his real test will be in managing the team’s defensive coordination. His tactical flexibility will be key in outsmarting Haise’s Lens.

Franck Haise’s Lens: Haise has done well with limited resources but needs to find innovative ways to challenge teams like PSG. His approach in high-stakes games will be under scrutiny.

Expected Lineups and Commentary

Lens’ Lineup and Strategy: Samba; Medina, Danso, Gradit; Frankowski, Diouf, Fulgini, Maouassa; Sotoca, Thomasson; Wahi. Lens will likely rely on a compact defence and quick transitions. The presence of Sotoca and Thomasson in the attack offers them avenues to exploit PSG’s occasional defensive lapses.

PSG’s Tactical Approach: Donnarumma; Mukiele, Marquinhos, Pereira, Hernandez; Zaire-Emery, Ugarte, Vitinha; Barcola, Kolo Muani, Mbappe. Enrique’s PSG is expected to dominate possession, with Mbappe leading the attack. The midfield trio will play a pivotal role in controlling the game and feeding the forwards.

Predictions and Rationale

  1. Match Result – PSG to Win: Given PSG’s formidable form and Lens’ recent struggles, a win for the Parisians seems likely. Their offensive strength should be too much for Lens to handle.
  2. Correct Score Prediction – PSG 3-2 Lens: Considering PSG’s attacking flair and Lens’ capability to score at home, a high-scoring affair with PSG emerging victorious is probable.
  3. Goalscorer Prediction – Kylian Mbappe to Score: Mbappe’s record-breaking form makes him the prime candidate to score. His pace and finishing ability could exploit Lens’ defensive gaps.
  4. First Team to Score – PSG: PSG’s tendency to start games aggressively and Lens’ cautious approach suggest PSG will open the scoring.

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Reason for tip: Everton's recent defensive strength at Goodison Park, with seven Premier League clean sheets, suggests they can contain opponents. However, their current attacking form, marked by a lack of goals, indicates potential scoring struggles. Similarly, Crystal Palace's finishing issues, shown in their failure to score against a 10-man Everton in the first tie, support a prediction of a low-scoring match, possibly with one team not scoring.

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Reason for tip: Everton's urgency to overcome their goal drought and strong home record in FA Cup replays influence this prediction. Their robust defence, with Tarkowski and Mykolenko, hints at a potential clean sheet. Crystal Palace's poor away form and goal-scoring struggles suggest difficulty in breaking Everton's defence. A single Everton goal, perhaps from a set-piece or individual skill, appears likely in this expectedly close match.

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