Match Preview: Troyes 1-1 Lens Prediction and Betting Tips | France (Ligue 1)

Troyes – Lens betting tips for today, May 24, 2019

Kick-off: 17:00 Troyes – Lens
Football: France – Ligue 1
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.50
Bookmaker: Bwin
Match Result: 1:1 WON!!!

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Unbeaten in their last 14 Ligue 2 (L2) fixtures (W11, D3), Troyes welcome Lens for this play-off second round. The hosts will be looking to return to Ligue 1 after just a one-year absence, against a side that have lost just one of their last five competitive fixtures (W3, D1, L1).
Overall, Troyes have lost just one of their 19 last second-tier fixtures (W12, D6, L1), and their superb defensive form is further quantified by the fact that they have recorded a clean sheet in nearly half (18) of their 38 L2 matches this season. This marks the division’s joint-fourth best ratio.
Lens travel here having won just three of their last 13 L2 regular season away fixtures (W3, D3, L7), failing to score in over half (seven) of those games. One positive omen, however, is that the visitors have scored in both halves in a league high seven of their 19 league regular season road trips.
Scoring first could be Lens’ key to victory – ‘Les Sang et Or’ have won each of the eight L1 away games in which they scored the opening goal. However, Lens have failed to score in nearly half (nine) of their 19 L1 away matches (47.37%), and that will surely concern manager Philippe Montanier.
Players to watch: Troyes top scorer Yoann Touzghar has scored ten of his 14 league goals after the break. Meanwhile, Lens top scorer Arthur Gomis has seen ten of his 13 goals this L2 campaign arrive before half-time.
Stat attack: Troyes’ last four L2 home wins have seen them score the opening goal in the first half, with half coming in the first ten minutes.
Fourteen of Lens’ 19 L2 away regular season games have produced under 1.5 goals at half-time.
At all venues, five of the last six second-tier H2Hs have ended goalless at half-time.

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