March 02, 2024 6:22 PM
Alex Lawes

Lyon vs Lens Preview & Prediction | 2023-24 French Ligue 1


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When is Lyon vs Lens on and what time does it start? Lyon vs Lens will take place on Sunday 3rd March, 2024 – 19:45 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for Lyon vs Lens? Visit each club’s official website for the latest ticket information

What TV channel is Lyon vs Lens on in the UK? TNT Sports have the rights to Ligue 1 matches in the UK, so it is worth checking their schedule for Lyon vs Lens

Where can I stream Lyon vs Lens in the UK? If Lyon vs Lens is televised on TNT Sports, then subscribers can stream the match live on discovery+



Olympique Lyonnais have been in magnificent form over the last few months after a really difficult start to the 2023/24 campaign. Laurent Blanc was sacked during the September international break after a turbulent and topsy turvy summer before Fabio Grosso was then relieved of his duties in late-November.

He was replaced by Pierre Sage in early December and he has got them playing the right way. They come into this one on the back of defeating Strasbourg on penalties in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France. They have suffered just two defeats in their last 13 matches across all competitions.


After finishing as runners’ up last season, Lens lost some key men over the summer before starting extremely slowly but since the end of September, they have returned to being one of the absolute strongest teams in Ligue 1. They begin this weekend’s round of fixtures sitting just about tucked inside the top six and the European qualification spots.

Lens come into this one on the back of back-to-back 3-2 defeats in the last ten days or so. They were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League at the knockout playoff round against Bundesliga side, Freiburg, before they were beaten 3-2 by Monaco at Stade Bollaert-Delelis with a 92nd minute winning goal from Takumi Minamino.



Pierre Sage will be without two first-team players for this weekend’s clash with Lens as Johann Lepenant and Corentin Tolisso are both unavailable.

PREDICTED XI (4-3-3): Lopes; Mata, O’Brien, Caleta-Car, Maitland-Niles; Caqueret, Matic, Mangala; Nuamah, Lacazette, Orban

UNAVAILABLE: Tolisso (Injured), Lepenant (Injured)



Lens have three injury concerns for this weekend with the likes of Jimmy Cabot, Deiver Machado and Massadio Haidara all unavailable for this one.

PREDICTED XI (3-4-2-1): Samba; Gradit, Danso, Medina; Aguilar, Diouf, Mendy, Chavez; Thomasson, Costa; Wahi

UNAVAILABLE: Haidara (Injured), Machado (Injured), Cabot (Injured)



A few weeks ago, Lens were performing really well and looking like they were again arguably the second or third best team in the division. However, they have since slipped down away from the top five. Lens will go to Parc OL and get on the front foot but the impressive form of Lyon means they remain the favourites for this one, especially with their home advantage, for a game that should be good to watch for the neutral.


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