Strasbourg Returns Home Amid Non-Losing Streak
For any team not named PSG, winning the Ligue 1 title is like beating Dark Souls without dying. In other words, it’s pretty much impossible. Nevertheless, the other 19 Ligue 1 teams have a lot to play for, including qualifying for a UEFA competition.
That’s precisely what Strasbourg and Lens are trying to do. Finish in the top five to qualify for the 2022-23 Champions League or Europa League Group Stage. Sunday’s winner will be much closer, especially if Strasbourg fulfills its role as the betting online favorite.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Ligue 1 odds for Strasbourg vs Lens. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Strasbourg Exceeding Expectations
Prior to the start of the season, Strasbourg wasn’t even among the dark horses to win the Ligue 1 title. We’re talking about a team that won its last crown in the 1978-79 season.
But that’s the beauty of sports, that there’s always a team that shakes things up, Cinderella-style. If the season ended today, Strasbourg would qualify for the UEL. For the Blue and Whites that would be like winning the lottery.
The only difference is that Strasbourg’s great season has nothing to do with luck. For example, the Blue and Whites currently are on a seven-game non-losing streak. That includes drawing to Nice and beating AS Monaco, the team that recently humiliated PSG. As if that wasn’t enough, Strasbourg finished with a clean sheet in five of those games.
You can rest assured that Strasbourg deserves to be the soccer betting favorite. Especially with the game being at Stade de la Meinau, where the team owns an 8-3-3 record. Plus, they’re offering a +115 price. You can’t ask for a better deal.
Lens Not Ready to Throw the Towel
Lens wasn’t among the dark horses to win the Ligue 1 title either. And they won’t, however, we’re talking about one of the few teams that won the series against PSG. That’s right, Lens defeated the Parisians 1-0 in their first meeting, while the second one finished 1-1.
Most recently, the Blue and Gold defeated Clermont 3-1 with goals from Kevin Danso, Florian Sotoca, and Massadio Haidara. They ended up making 20 shots, seven on goal and winning possession with 61 percent. That’s how you dominate a game.
Results like that propelled them all the way to eighth place, only four points behind fifth. That’s why beating Strasbourg is so important, to remain in the UEL race. I would even say that for Lens this is a six-point game.
The +250 price that they’re offering should be enough for you to consider them a tempting online gambling underdog. But if it’s not, let’s talk about Seko Fofana and Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga. Each has scored seven goals and will be well-rested after not playing during the international break.
Strasbourg vs Lens Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 99
- Strasbourg Victories: 40 (134 goals)
- Lens Victories: 29 (119 goals)
- Draws: 30
In September, Lens played host to Strasbourg and lost 1-0. Ludovic Ajorque scored the winning goal in the second half. Keep in mind that Lens played the entire second half with 10 players after Kevin Danso got a red card.
Curiously enough, Lens won the last time they collided at Stade de la Meinau. In fact, the last time that the home team won when these two collided was in the 2007-08 season.
Strasbourg vs Lens Game Information
- Date: Sunday, April 3rd
- Time: 7:00 a.m. ET
- Location: Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg
- Strasbourg vs Lens Live Stream: fuboTV
Strasbourg vs Lens Betting Lines
|Strasbourg||-½ +115||+115||2½ +105o||1½ +120o
|Lens||+½ -145||+250||2½ -135u||½ -210o
Strasbourg vs Lens Prediction
This matchup has the potential to become the Ligue 1’s Game of the Week. Qualifying for a UEFA competition has many implications, on and off the field, both teams will go all-in right from the start.
Strasbourg’s dynamic duo, Ludovic Ajorque (10 goals) and Habib Diallo (nine goals), will also be well-rested. Therefore, you can expect fireworks, enough for Strasbourg to fulfill its role as a favorite and for the total to go over. So far, the total has gone over in 50 percent of the Blue and White’s home games. Include the over in your Soccer picks and enjoy the game. Ligue 1 is much more than PSG.
Score Prediction: Strasbourg 2, Lens 1