French Ligue 1 
March 4, 2023, 10:00 pm
LOSC Lille

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Event details:
NAME: Lens – Lille
DATE: 4 Mar 2023
TIME: 16:00 UTC
VENUE: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France

Both strong contenders to finish in the European places this season, local rivals Lens and Lille clash at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Saturday.

This latest edition the Derby du Nord is not only a meeting of two clubs separated by just 25 miles, but also sees the sides sitting fourth and sixth in Ligue 1 respectively.



Though they beat Nantes 3-1 before settling for a 1-1 draw at Montpellier, positive results have been hard to come by for Franck Haise’s side since the turn of the year, with Nantes taking swift revenge in Wednesday’s Coupe de France quarter-final – the holders fought back after Seko Fofana had opened the scoring and won 2-1.

Despite their pace slowing, victory in this week’s derby would help Lens stay clear of fifth-placed Rennes and potentially to return to the top three; they also have the same number of points as Monaco but an inferior goal difference, while Marseille are still only two points ahead.



Les Sang et Or will certainly fancy their chances of success – even accounting for the intensity of the occasion and their opponents’ close proximity in the table – as they have won 11 of their 12 home games in Ligue 1 this season, which is the club’s highest tally at this stage in their history.

Indeed, during the 21st century, only Paris Saint-Germain have ever won 12 of their first 13, so Haise will be all the more keen to match such a landmark total on Saturday.



Though Lens came out on top in their last home fixture against Lille – a 1-0 win in September 2021 – they have not defeated their regional rivals in consecutive games at Stade Bollaert-Delelis since 1985; looking further back into the record books, they have also lost 11 of the clubs’ last 21 league meetings.

A 1-0 victory for Lille in October’s reverse fixture was a tale of two penalties, as Jonathan David converted his spot kick and Lucas Chevalier managed to save Florian Sotoca’s – into the bargain, Lens were consigned to defeat in Ligue 1 for the first time in over five months.



On this occasion, completing the double over their northern neighbours would help Les Dogues move within three points of them in the standings and aid a push for European football next term – they occupy sixth place, while fifth at least secures a qualifying spot for the Europa League Conference League.



LOSC arrive in Pas-de-Calais having come from behind to beat Brest 2-1 last time out, recording successive home wins. However, head coach Paulo Fonseca received a red card for his touchline remonstrations, and in addition to the derby he could also be banned for next Friday’s clash with Lyon.

With five wins and as many defeats from their first 12 away fixtures in Ligue 1 this term, Lille return to the road having scored three goals in each of their last two away games: a 3-1 victory at Rennes then a dramatic 4-3 loss in Paris.

Lens vs Lille Playing XI



Lens possible starting lineup:
Samba; Gradit, Danso, Medina; Frankowski, Abdul Samed, Fofana, Machado; Thomasson, Fulgini; Sotoca

Lille possible starting lineup:
Chevalier; Weah, Alexsandro, Djalo, Gudmundsson; Andre Gomes, Andre; Zhegrova, Cabella, Bamba; David


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