Nice Must Return to the Winning Column
Lens had an awesome first half of the season, however, the Blood and Gold couldn’t keep up. Even so, defeating Nice would allow them to keep dreaming about qualifying for a UEFA competition. On the other hand, a defeat could make them fall out of the top 10.
The Blood and Gold sit seven points behind Nice come in as the betting online favorites at +125. You must be wondering, how so? Well, the thing is that the Eaglets only won one of their last five games.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Ligue 1 odds for Lens vs Nice. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Lens Slightly Better at Home
Lens will face a top-five team for the second week in a row. Last Sunday, the Blood and Gold put up a good fight against Strasbourg but finished losing 1-0. Not bad considering Strasbourg is the third-best scoring team in Ligue 1. Plus, Ludovic Ajorque’s goal was from the penalty spot.
Prior to that game, Lens defeated Clermont 3-1 at Stade Bollaert-Delelis to increase its home record to 7-5-3 (5-3-7 on the road). Kevin Danso, Florian Sotoca, and Massadio Haidara were the scorers.
Arnaud Kalimuendo and Seko Fofana are the team’s top scorers with seven goals each. On the other hand, Jonathan Clauss leads the team in assists with nine. Can you imagine how generous Jonathan is during Christmas? Jokes aside, the three of them are the main reason for you to consider including Lens in your soccer picks. They’ve been a more productive trio than Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe.
Being the favorite at a plus price is another good reason for you to consider it. Last but not least, there are no major injuries to report.
Nice Equals Tempting Underdog
Despite being fifth, this is the second straight week in which Nice comes in as the soccer betting underdog. Last week, they managed to get a draw against Rennes, exactly like we predicted. The Eaglets were up but couldn’t hold out.
That wasn’t a bad result considering Rennes sits in third place, plus the Red and Blacks are the top-scoring team in the league alongside PSG. That brings us to one of the main reasons why Nice is such a tempting option. We’re talking about the best defensive team in Ligue 1 after allowing only 24 goals in 30 games.
Offensively, Andy Delort and Amine Gouiri have been leading the way. Each has scored 10 goals. As you can see, the Eaglets are a well-balanced team. That includes keeping its identity no matter where it plays, owning a 7-3-4 record on the road, and 8-4-4 at home.
If you place a $100 bet on the visitors, you could win $320 as they’re offering a +220 price to win straight up.
Lens vs Nice Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 87
- Lens Victories: 33 (117 goals)
- Nice Victories: 32 (118 goals)
- Draws: 22
The first time these two collided, Nice fulfilled its role as the online gambling favorite with a 2-1 victory. Lens opened the can in the first half with a goal from Arnaud Kalimuendo. The Eaglets turned things around in the second one thanks to Mario Lemina and Justin Kluivert.
Keep in mind that the total went under in seven of their last 10 encounters. That includes three goalless draws.
Lens vs Nice Game Information
- Date: Sunday, April 10th, 2022
- Time: 11:05 a.m. ET
- Location: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
- Lens vs Nice Live Stream: fubo.tv
Lens vs Nice Betting Lines
|1½+125o / 1½-155u
|1½+180o / 1½-230u
Lens vs Nice Prediction
If the season ended today, Nice would qualify for the UEFA Europa League. Not bad, but not as good as qualifying for the Champions League. The good news is that the Eaglets are one victory away from third place. That’s the last one to grant a ticket for the big stage.
On the other hand, losing could mean the gap between them and Rennes increases to five points. They simply can’t allow that to happen, and you won’t find a more tempting underdog. You have to take advantage of this opportunity.
Score Prediction: Nice 2, Lens 1