Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

In the Lille suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascq, the summer sun glistened through the trees at the Stade Lille Metropole on a warm Sunday evening in August 2006. Not since 1994 had the Derby du Nord been played so early in the season, and with both teams starting with a victory, defeat for either RC Lens or Lille OSC could spell disaster to the entire campaign. 90 minutes later and Lille had blown their bitter rivals…

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Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

One of the most interesting moves of the January transfer window was the loan of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille – particularly when it looked like it might not happen. How ironic that he would go on to save Marseille’s blushes this weekend. With the clubs in agreement, somebody pointed out that Monaco had made too many loans already. According to LFP Regulations (article 266), teams can only have seven players out on…

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Saint-Étienne v RC Lens: Preview Week 24

Saint-Étienne v RC Lens: Preview Week 24

In the past, Friday night’s fixture between Saint-Etienne and RC Lens would have been billed as one of the most exciting in Ligue 1. The sad reality is that the home side start heavy favourites and a huge cloud of uncertainty hangs over the northern club. In the league they sit 19th after 23 weeks, three points from safety. Travelling to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is never easy, but Les Sang-et-Or haven’t won away since the…

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Although Rennes sit 10 places and 12 points above Caen in the Ligue 1 table, you would have to say that the bottom placed club are actually the form team going into Sunday afternoon’s game. The Breton side has only won once in the last six league games and hasn’t won any of their last three games at the Stade de la Route de Lorient. Caen has picked up four points in their last three…

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RC Lens Enter a Difficult Winter of Discontent

RC Lens Enter a Difficult Winter of Discontent

by Kevin Nolan It should have been a summer of joy. After three years away from playing with the big boys you have managed to return, only for it to turn sour in the blink of an eye. Joy turns to despair as the club you love teeters on the brink of oblivion. May 14th 2014, the final day of the Ligue 2 season, and Lens have just beaten CA Bastia 2-0. Celebrations erupt as…

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Coupe de France Preview: RC Lens v Olympique Lyonnais

In one of only a handful of all-Ligue 1 fixtures, Lens play host to Lyon. The match sees one of Ligue 1’s more unlucky teams up against arguably the most in-form team in the division. On paper this should be a fairly straightforward victory for the away team. It’s not been the return to Ligue 1 that Lens would have wanted so far this season. Faced with having to play their home games in Amiens…

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PREVIEW: RC Lens v OGC Nice – Week 19

PREVIEW: RC Lens v OGC Nice – Week 19

Things are looking slightly up for RC Lens this week. An investment of €2.5 million into the club means they have been granted permission to sign players in January. Also, two points in their last two games has given them a slight chance to escape the relegation zone before the winter break. Friday’s test against Nice will be tough, however. Claude Puel’s side may have struggled at home, but on the road they have impressed. Les Aiglons…

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