OGC Nice travel to Lens after they slipped to fourth place following securing only a point from games against direct rivals Marseille and Rennes. Lens dropped further in the race for European places after a narrow defeat at Strasbourg.
Lens’ inconsistent 2022 continues
It wasn’t a bad performance from Franck Haise’s side away at Strasbourg, who now climbed to fourth in the standings. But Ludovic Ajorque’s successful penalty-kick remained the only goal of the match as Lens crashed to another defeat away from home.
Although Strasbourg and Kevin Gamiero denied another goal from the spot by Jean-Louis Leka, Lens had their own chances in an entertaining encounter, especially through their chief architect Seko Fofana.
Lens spent most of the first half of the season in the top five, but they now dropped to tenth in the table. But they can narrow the gap to 5th-placed Nice if they record a win on Sunday.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 16:05 on Sunday 10th April 2022, and the entire match will be available on BT Sport.
Nice dropped out of the Champions League berth
Strasbourg’s win over Lens meant Julien Stephane put his side behind his former club Stade Rennais in the battle for a Champions League berth. Nice dropped to fourth after conceding a late equalizer to Rennes.
Before the international break, Nice lost to Olympique de Marseille in another clash between two teams fighting for two Champions League places. Rennes, who won five consecutive games, saw their streak halted at Nice, but they were the happiest side in terms of keeping their place after a head-to-head clash.
Christoph Galtier still has the Coupe de France final against FC Nantes to look forward to, but losing in next season’s Champions League football could come as a huge blow for a club that spends big in the summer.
Four successive wins for Nice
Nice came from behind to beat Lens in the final game of 2021 with Justin Kluivert scoring the winner ten minutes from time. That victory extended their winning run against Lens to four games.
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Corentin Jean is the only remaining Lens player on the sidelines as Wesley Said returned to action while Kevin Danso and Florian Sotoca are back from suspension.
Nice will not have two midfielders in Morgan Schneiderlin and Alexis Claude-Maurice.
Two teams vying for continental football
While Nice is looking for a first Champions League group stage appearance, Lens set their sights on securing a place in one of the three continental competitions after missing out by just a single point last season. After missing out on crucial wins against direct rivals Marseille and Rennes, this would be a good opportunity for Nice to return to winning ways. Haise’s troops would play with no pressure as they overperformed since their promotion to Ligue 1.
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