Somehow, whilst no one was looking, Lens' lead at the top of Ligue 2 has all but disappeared and Strasbourg and Metz have closed to within a single point of the leader's, who still have a game in hand.
Since recording a fine 2-1 win at Metz late last month, a series of lack lustre performances have seen Racing Club collect just three points from a possible twelve. They do still retain a six points advantage over 4th placed Montpellier, but surely they will be keen to get back on track asap and secure the promotion spot.
I think that we might see a very motivated home side tonight, they know that they are facing an in form opponent, who have won three matches in a row and scored 12 goals in their last five starts, but the fixture list hardly gets easier for RCL. After tonight, they go to Amiens who are doggedly fighting a relegation batttle and then face Strasbourg and Montpellier, so plenty of potential banana skins, especially if they go into that sequence without a win in five.
Hosts seem to play better against stronger opponents, probably because they get more space to exploit their superior skills, it is a similar strory with Internazionale in Italy. Tours could go up to 6th with a win, that would keep an outside chance of claiming a top three spot alive and arriving in such confident mood, will surely go for it, which would give Lens room to exploit.
Racing are 9-1-4 at the Felix Bollaert stadium, they owe their supporters a performance, will be out for a little revenge after losing the reverse fixture 3-1 and I suspect that we might see them at their best tonight.
LENS:Runje, Brocard ; Chelle, Laurenti, Ramos, Sartre, Yahia ; Demont, Doumeng, Hermach, Kovacevic, Milovanovic ; Fofana, Jemaa, Maoulida, Monnet-Paquet, Roux, Veselinovic.
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