Sang et Or finished last season strong at home and picked up 11 points from their last six Ligue 1 home matches of the 2021/22 season here at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. They have also been exceptional in their undefeated pre-season winning four of their last five games including a 1-0 win against Inter Milan and a 0-0 draw against West Ham. Therefore, 101 Great Goals’ prediction for this match is Lens 2-0 Brest and is available at odds of 15/2.
Alternatively, you can bet on any Lens win at 3/5 against La Team Pirate at home on Sunday. At these odds, a £10 bet would return £16. Or, back any away win for Brest at 5/1 here at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. At these odds, a £10 bet would return £60. You can also find odds of 14/5 for any draw between Lens and Brest on Sunday. At these odds, a £10 bet would return £38.
Ignatius Ganago is our tip for the first goalscorer in Sunday’s match. The Lens central forward scored five goals (or 0.44 per 90) in the French Ligue 1 last season with an expected goals of 4.6 and is 4/1 to be the first name on the score sheet in this match. Or 11/10 to score at any time during Sunday’s game.
Blood and Gold welcome Brest to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens on Sunday for this Ligue 1 match.
Lens finished last Ligue 1 season in 7th place, four points behind OGC Nice in 5th. This saw them miss out on qualification for the UEFA Conference League. Sang et Or come into this match on a run of eight league games undefeated carried over from last season and shared the points in their last league match of the 2021/22 season at home to Monaco, in a four-goal thriller. The final score of the match was 2-2.
Cheick Doucouré is the biggest departure for them this summer. The 22 year old defensive midfield has joined Crystal Palace for £20.34m. Jonathan Clauss and Simon Banza are also notable departures with Clauss joining Olympique Marseille for £6.75m and Banza joining Portuguese side Braga for £4.50m. However, the biggest impact could be the loss of Arnaud Kalimuendo. The 20 year old centre-forward was here on loan from Paris Saint-Germain and was the club’s top scorer with 12 goals.
Loïs Openda and Adam Buksa are the men tasked with replacing those goals. The pair arrive from Club Brugge KV for £8.82m and New England Revolution for £5.40m respectively. Brice Samba, a 28 year old goalkeeper, also arrives from Nottingham Forest for £4.50m. Salis Abdul Samed, Jimmy Cabot, and Lukasz Poreba are also added to the squad in a busy summer for Lens.
Jimmy Cabot and Adam Buksa are unlikely to make their debuts here though. Both are struggling to be fit for this one due to ankle injuries. Jonathan Gradit (hamstring), Wuilker Fariñez (cruciate ligament), Gael Kakuta (leg), and Jean-Louis Leca (finger) also look set to miss the season opener.
Stade Brestois finished the last Ligue 1 season comfortably in mid-table, 18 points behind the UEFA Conference League place and 16 points above the relegation play off zone. La Team Pirate come into this match on a run of three defeats in a row carried over from last season and lost their last league match of the 2021/22 season at home to FC Girondins Bordeaux. The final score of the match was 2-4.
Pierre Lees-Melou is the big name signing for them this summer. The 29 year old central midfielder arrives from Norwich City for £2.07m.
Achraf Dari, a 23 year old centre-back, also arrives from Wydad Casablanca for £2.43m. Noah Fadiga, a 22 year old right-back, and Mathias Pereira Lage, a 25 year old right midfielder, have also been added to the squad.
Franck Honorat (leg) and Julien Faussurier (thumb) are the only injury doubts for this match for Brest. La Team Pirate otherwise have a full squad to select from for the trip to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.