Lorient vs Lens News, Stats and Prediction

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Lorient enter their 23rd Ligue 1 encounter with a chance to end a lengthy winless run domestically (15 games) when they host Lens, who are hoping to climb back into the race for a spot in Europe next season.

Les Merlus are second from the bottom, but only two points behind Metz for a relegation playoff, while Les Sang et Or were eliminated by Monaco in the Coupe de France this past weekend and are sitting a point back of Rennes for a place in the Europa Conference League.

After a pair of positive results to end last year and begin 2022, drawing Paris Saint-Germain (1-1) and Angers (0-0), Christophe Pelissier has seen his side start their last two league matches poorly, losing to Lille (3-1) and Nantes (4-2).

There have not been a lot of positive notes for the 56-year-old former midfielder to take away from his side’s recent form, but one would be the fact that they have been a little more clinical in the final third so far this year with three goals in their last two games, which is as many as they scored in their previous nine matches in all competitions.

After conceding four goals to La Maison Jaune, Pelissier noted afterwards that they are still making far too many mental errors defensively, which had to have been disappointing because they created many opportunities in the second half of that game.

It is pretty incredible to think that this club have not won a Ligue 1 fixture since beating Nice 1-0 back on September 22, and yet one win could nearly get them out of relegation danger.

That should serve as a solid motivation for this group to keep fighting, and it could very well be something that has been driving them of late because, as their manager has pointed out, the players continue to press hard, putting opposing teams on their heels even after conceding.

Should this team fail to collect all three points this weekend, it would tie a club record for the longest winless run at home, equalling the mark set in between March and August 2011, when Les Merlus failed to win eight in a row.

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