Lens vs. St-Etienne – Ligue 1, October 3, 2020
Lens and St-Etienne have made strong starts to the 2020/21 Ligue 1 campaign, with both teams losing just one of their opening five games. Considering that Lens is new to the league and St-Etienne narrowly avoided relegation last season, both sides have given a good account of themselves so far.
The Greens come into this clash on the back of their first defeat of the season. Meanwhile, Lens lost their first outing but now has the opportunity to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
The two sides go head-to-head at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Saturday, October 3. You can find my Lens vs. St-Etienne prediction and betting pick below.
Lens vs. St-Etienne Betting Odds
10bet clearly favors Lens in this fixture, although the high price for the home win suggests that St-Etienne will be tough to beat. With a limited number of fans allowed in the Stadium, it’s difficult to gauge if Lens will truly benefit from the home advantage.
The Saints kicked off the campaign with three straight wins but have failed to win either of their previous two outings. Still, odds of 3.30 for the away win seem pretty generous.
Let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Lens vs. St-Etienne Preview
Following a five-year absence, Lens has made a promising start to life back in the French top flight. Franck Haise’s men were unfortunate to lose to Nice on opening day, but it didn’t take them long to bounce back in style.
The Blood and Gold produced one of the shocks of the season on Matchday 2, beating defending champion PSG 1-0. That surprising result kicked off a run of three straight wins, with victories over Lorient and Bordeaux coming soon after. Lens’ three-game winning streak was brought to an end by Nimes last time out, but I don’t think Haise will be too disappointed with their 1-1 draw.
Ignatius Ganago has been the star of the show for Lens so far. The Cameroon international sits atop of the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts having netted in each of his last four appearances. Former Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta has also hit the ground running this term, racking up three goals and an assist.
On the other hand, St-Etienne’s wins all came at the beginning of the season. The Greens registered three consecutive 2-0 victories over Lorient, Strasbourg, and Marseille. But it was always going to be difficult to maintain that kind of form.
Following a 2-2 draw with Nantes on Matchday 4, St-Etienne suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Rennes last weekend. But despite their recent dip, the Saints remain in fourth place and only three points behind early frontrunner Rennes.
Having kept three successive cleans sheets at the start of the campaign, goalkeeper Jessy Moulin will be eager to keep another shutout this weekend. However, only four sides have scored fewer goals than Lens this term, so that could be difficult.
My Prediction and Pick
Lens to Win2.15
St-Etienne started the season brightly, but the team’s previous two performances have been nowhere near good enough. By contrast, Lens began the campaign with a defeat, but it feels like the newcomer is growing into the season.
The momentum is with Lens right now, so I’m backing the home side to come away with all three points on Saturday.