* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change
Lorient and Lens go head-to-head at the Stade Yves Allainmat – Le Moustoir for a place in the next round of the Coupe de France on Thursday, February 9th. Can Lens beat Lorient for the second time this season? Read our free prediction and find the latest odds for the fixture below in our detailed match preview.
Today's Predictions for Lorient vs Lens
Lens have lost only one of their last nine matches in all competitions ahead of their tussle with Lorient in the Coupe de France on Thursday. Read our top predictions for this week’s fixture below.
Lens to Win
Lens have come out of the blocks quickly since the campaign’s resumption in France and their run of just one defeat in nine games in all competitions highlighted the confidence currently permeating their ranks. Lorient meanwhile, have failed to win four of their last six matches and their limp 0-0 draw at home to a poor Angers outfit – who had lost 13 on the spin before that in Ligue 1 – at the weekend would have put another dent in their self-belief. Lens beat Lorient 5-2 when the teams last met back in August and our first prediction backs Les Sang et Or to come out on top again here.
Florian Sotoca to Score Anytime
Florian Sotoca could never be described as prolific, though the Lens attacker enjoyed an impactful performance when Les Sang et Or hammered Lorient 5-2 at the start of the campaign. The 32-year-old rattled the net twice for his club during a dynamic display and that brace should arm Sotoca with the impetus he needs to tear holes in the same Lorient defence on Thursday. With that considered, Sotoca looks like an interesting prospect in the anytime goalscorer stakes again.
Check out our selection of key stats for Thursday’s game below alongside a tool to help you choose the most attractive odds.
Let's take a closer look at the latest markets, odds and probability figures ahead of Thursday’s meeting between Lorient and Lens below.
Lorient odds: 27/10 (3.7) – 27%
Draw odds: 5/2 (3.5) – 28.6%
Lens odds: 49/50 (1.98) – 50.5%
The bookies have priced Lens as their favourites to win on Thursday, while the market-makers have attached odds of 4/5 (1.8) – 55.6% to both teams to score this week. If you’re on the lookout for more niche options, then backing Lorient with a +1.0 goal handicap at 4/5 (1.8) – 55.6% might suit your palate.
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Lorient vs Lens Team News & Injuries
Read all of the latest injury updates and team news for Thursday’s Coupe de France showdown between Lorient and Lens below.
Defender Julien Laporte is out injured and won't be back until April, while midfielders Theo Le Bris and Laurent Abergel are both currently sidelined and are set to miss the next few weeks of action. Lorient are in seventh spot in Ligue 1, though their 0-0 draw at home to bottom club Angers at the weekend was considered a really poor result.
Predicted Lineup for Lorient: Mannone – Kalulu, Meite, Talbi, Le Goff – Le Fee, Makengo, Faivre, Ponceau, Dieng – Kone
Lens have several injuries to contend with at present, with keeper Wuilker Farinez and defenders Steven Fortes and Massadio Haidara joined in the treatment room by Aleixs Claus Maurice, Wesley Said, Adam Buksa and Jimmy Chabot. Lens scored late on to earn a point at Brest in their last outing.
Predicted Lineup for Lens: Samba – Le Cardinal, Gradit, Danso, Medina, Machado – Sotoca, Abdul Samed, Fofana, Costa – Openda
Player to Watch – Julien Le Cardinal
Defender Julien Le Cardinal has had to be patient since moving to Lens from Paris FC mid-way through the season, though the 25-year-old was excellent on his first Ligue 1 start at the weekend against Brest. Le Cardinal was a menacing presence down the right flank for most of the game and he managed to rack up an amazing five attempts from his berth at right-back. Watch out for his rampaging runs on Thursday.
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Lorient vs Lens Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions
Where will Thursday’s game be played?
The Stade Yves Allainmat – Le Moustoir will host Lorient vs Lens this week.
What time does this fixture kick off?
The game is scheduled to start at 20:00 BST.
Who won the last meeting between these clubs?
Lens beat Lorient 5-2 when the teams last met for a Ligue 1 fixture in August 2022.