Troyes will be looking to continue their impressive run of form in Ligue 1 when they head to Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Friday night to take on high-flying Lens.
The home side are currently fourth in the table, having collected 21 points from their opening 12 matches of the season, while Troyes occupy 14th with 13 points to show from their first 12 games.
Lens have won six, drawn three and lost three of their 12 Ligue 1 matches this season to collect 21 points, which has left them in fourth position in the table, just two points behind second-placed Nice.
Sang et Or finished seventh last term on their return to France’s top flight, and it has been a hugely positive start to the 2021-22 campaign for the club, who would move into second spot with a win here.
Lens have struggled to show consistency in recent weeks, though, picking up just one victory from their last three matches, losing twice in the process, including at Lyon last time out.
Franck Haise’s side found themselves two goals behind in the first half at Groupama Stadium and although Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga strike halved the deficit just before the hour, the visitors could not find another to level.
Lens have only lost once in front of their own supporters this season, though, and the recent victories over Reims and Metz, where they scored six times, should mean that confidence is high ahead of this game.
Troyes, meanwhile, will bring a three-game unbeaten run into Friday’s contest, impressively picking up seven points from their recent matches with Nice, Reims and Rennes.
Laurent Batlles’s side secured a return to Ligue 1 by finishing at the top of Ligue 2 last season, winning 23 of their 38 league matches during an impressive campaign, which saw them finish five points clear of second-place Clermont.
Troyes have won three, drawn four and lost five of their 12 league matches this term to collect 13 points, which has left them in 14th position in the table, four points clear of the relegation zone.
ESTAC have won just eight of their previous 28 matches against Lens, though, and have lost three of the last four meetings between the two sides in all competitions, including a 1-0 defeat when the pair last locked horns in Ligue 2 back in February 2020.
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We say: Lens 2-1 Troyes
Lens will be pleased to be back on home soil, having won three of their last four matches in front of their own supporters. Troyes have been impressive in recent weeks, but we are expecting Haise’s team to edge a tight match in order to collect another three points.