In what should be a routine home win, Lens will welcome last-placed Angers to the Estadio Bollaert-Delelis this Saturday night with the third-placed side seemingly getting their hopes for a Champions League place back on track.
It’s been a topsy-turvy 2023 so far for Lens, and after losing to Nantes in the French Cup quarter-finals and drawing with Montpellier and Lille, the club failed to win a game throughout early March.
Now, however, they head into this one with Lois Openda back in top form after he scored one of the fastest Ligue 1 hat-tricks in history with three goals within four minutes and one second - it was the fastest trio of goals in 50 Ligue 1 seasons.
Alexis Claude Maurice also scored late on in that 4-0 win over Clermont Foot, as Lens now sit up in second once again and three above Monaco in fourth and two adrift of second-placed Marseille.
Angers come into this one with barely a hope left of survival. The club have lost their past four games, losing to Strasbourg, Lyon, Montpellier and Toulouse by letting in 12 goals and scoring just two.