Lens vs Nice Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 01/02/2023

Lens
01/02/23 - 20:00

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Nice

Lens - Nice

France Ligue 1 - Stade Bollaert-Delelis

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Lens vs Nice Top Predictions and Bets

Their meeting over a month ago ended with a goalless draw, but Lens will try to make up the difference in the second meeting of the season between these sides.

Check out our Ligue 1 betting tips page for all your information about the French league.

Under 2.5 Goals

It has been a rare sighting of Nice having a big-scoring game like the recent one when they trashed Montpellier 6-1. But, when in it comes to their over/under 2.5 goals stats this season, things are set pretty clearly. They are the worst ‘over' team in the league, or if you prefer it, the best ‘under' club. They had 13 matches with fewer than three goals scored. Lens is close to their opponents in this statistical category with eleven under 2.5 goals this term. When we look at their head-2-head stat, only two of their past three games ended with under 2.5 goals.

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Both Teams to Score – No

This category seems even more relevant to the prediction of a low-scoring game between Lens and Nice. Three out of their past five meetings ended with one team not scoring a goal. Nice has been one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league, they have been struggling in front of the opposing goal the entire season with few exceptions. Three out of their past five games were a single-team scoring type of matches. At the same time, Lens has been terrific defending the entire season, they are tied for the best defense in the league with PSG, both teams conceded only 14 goals.

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Stats and Current Market Odds for the Ligue 1 clash between Lens and Nice

Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.

Head to Head

20/12/23

France Ligue 1 LI1

Nice

Nice

Lens

Lens

0

0

01/02/23

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Lens

Lens

Nice

Nice

0

1

29/12/22

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Nice

Nice

Lens

Lens

0

0

29/12/22

France Ligue 1 LI1

Nice

Nice

Lens

Lens

0

0

10/04/22

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Lens

Lens

Nice

Nice

3

0

Last Five - Lens

03/03/24

France Ligue 1 LI1

Lyon

Lyon

Lens

Lens

0

3

W

25/02/24

France Ligue 1 LI1

Monaco

Monaco

Lens

Lens

3

2

L

22/02/24

UEFA Europa League UEL

SC Freiburg

SC Freiburg

Lens

Lens

3

2

L

18/02/24

France Ligue 1 LI1

Reims

Reims

Lens

Lens

1

1

D

15/02/24

UEFA Europa League UEL

SC Freiburg

SC Freiburg

Lens

Lens

0

0

D

Last Five - Nice

03/03/24

France Ligue 1 LI1

Toulouse

Toulouse

Nice

Nice

2

1

L

25/02/24

France Ligue 1 LI1

Clermont Foot

Clermont Foot

Nice

Nice

0

0

D

16/02/24

France Ligue 1 LI1

Lyon

Lyon

Nice

Nice

1

0

L

11/02/24

France Ligue 1 LI1

Monaco

Monaco

Nice

Nice

3

2

L

07/02/24

France Cup France

Montpellier

Montpellier

Nice

Nice

1

4

W

We are taking a look at how the bookmakers are predicting the outcome of the upcoming match:

Lens odds: 5/6 (1.83) – 54.5%

Draw odds: 5/2 (3.50) – 28.6%

Nice odds: 10/3 (4.33) – 23.1%

Lens has been predicted as the clear winner in this battle, however, Nice is known as one of the most unpredictable teams in the league this season, so the bettors might want to look at other opportunities instead of satisfying their needs with the basic betting options: Goal Range 0-1 gives you odds of 3/1 (3.00) – 33.3%, and a more interesting bet has Florian Sotoca scoring Anytime which is valued at 8/1 (8.00) – 12.5%.

Team News, Provisional Lineups, and Preview

Lens

It has been almost four months since the last time Lens suffered a defeat in the league, and that kind of consistent form gave them a chance to counter PSG as their main title rivals. They even beat the Paris club recently which move them to only two points from the leaders. However, they only drew 1-1 at Troyes on the weekend fixture, so winning against Nice is something they need desperately. There are some injury concerns for Lens: Steven Fortes, Adam Buksa, Jimmy Cabot, and Wuilker Farinez are out with health issues.

Provisional lineup: Samba, Gradit, Danso, Haidara, Frankowski, Abdul Samed, Fofana, Machado, Sotoca, Claude-Maurice, Openda.

Nice

Their recent form has been on the move upwards as they managed to break through to the top 10 in Ligue 1 ranking. They are still too far from the top five positions which would give them a chance to fight for placement in one of Europe's competitions next season. Nice has been struggling with form most of the year, and having a good restart to their campaign in January may give them a positive mindset in the next few games. Lucien Favre has been dismissed as the coach after rough first few months, and on an interim basis, the team has been taking over by Didier Digard. Marcin Bulka is the only injury casualty.

Provisional lineup: Schmeichel, Lotomba, Todibo, Dante, Bard, Ramsey, Boudaoui, Thuram, Pepe, Laborde, Diop.

Starting lineups

Starting lineups are usually released 60 minutes before kick-off.

Lens

Lens
3-4-3
30
Brice Samba
fr
24
Jonathan Gradit
fr
4
Kevin Danso
at
14
Facundo Medina
ar
29
Przemyslaw Frankowski
pl
8
Seko Fofana
fr
6
Jean Onana
cm
21
Massadio Haidara
ml
28
Adrien Thomasson
fr
22
Wesley Said
fr
10
David Pereira Da Costa
pt
Substitutes
13
Lukasz Poreba
pl
23
Ismael Boura
fr
35
Adrien Louveau
fr
25
Julien Le Cardinal
fr
11
Lois Openda
be
36
Remy Labeau Lascary
mq
7
Florian Sotoca
fr
16
Jean-Louis Leca
fr
3
Deiver Machado
co

Nice

Nice
4-3-3
1
Kasper Schmeichel
dk
55
Youssouf Ndayishimiye
bi
4
Dante
br
25
Jean-Clair Todibo
fr
33
Antoine Mendy
fr
16
Aaron Ramsey
gb
28
Hicham Boudaoui
dz
19
Kephren Thuram-Ulien
fr
23
Jordan Lotomba
ch
24
Gaetan Laborde
fr
10
Sofiane Diop
fr
Substitutes
35
Badredine Bouanani
fr
26
Melvin Bard
fr
11
Ross Barkley
gb
77
Teddy Boulhendi
fr
42
Mattia Viti
it
21
Alexis Beka Beka
fr
15
Joe Bryan
gb
8
Pablo Rosario
nl
14
Billal Brahimi
fr

Player to Watch: Nicolas Pepe

It seems that the change in the coaching position has brought some good for Nicolas Pepe who improved his form in the first month of the new year. Pepe is tied as the top scorer at the club with six goals and was credited with a single assist this season.

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Notes about Lens vs Nice

  • When is the kick-off? – 20:00 BST, 21:00 CET
  • Who is the favorite according to the bookmakers? – Lens is considered a favorite
  • Where can you watch the match? – British viewers can watch the match on BT Sport

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