3rd April, £10 to £100 Easter Weekender Challenge – Bet 3
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Lens v Lyon (Over 1.5 goals)
· On to Bet 3 we go then and we head to France this evening where an impressive Lens outfit host title chasing Lyon in Ligue 1. Expecting a bit of a classic tonight with Lens absolutely flying and Lyon knowing they can ill-afford to drop further points if they want to stay within touching distance of league leaders PSG in the title race. Tough game to call but both sides are magnificent offensively and I am expecting plenty of goals in Northern France tonight.
Lens have seen over 1.5 goals feature in 24 of their 30 (80%) league fixtures this season.
Lyon have seen over 1.5 goals feature in 23 of their 30 (77%) league fixtures this season.
Lens have scored 2+ goals in each of their last 6 fixtures going in to tonight.
Lyon have only failed to score in 3 of their 30 (10%) league games this season. The best scoring record in the whole of Ligue 1.
· Lens continue to defy all expectations in the French top tier this season and currently sit 5th and are very much in the race for a European place. They go in to tonight on the back of a 9 game unbeaten run and are having a quite extraordinary first season back in Ligue 1 following promotion.
· They have no problems scoring goals and are actually the 6th top scorers in the division (46 goals). They are also expected to welcome back key striker Ignatius Ganago back from injury. The Cameroon international has missed the past 2 months and his return will be a major boost.
· Lens issues lie at the back. They have conceded 42 goals which is comfortably the most in the league’s top 7. They have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 games and I struggle to see how they keep a team with the attacking talent of Lyon at bay this evening.
· Lyon are having a fantastic domestic season too and although their 4-2 defeat against PSG prior to the international break was a massive blow they are still very much in the title race. They currently sit 3rd, just 3 points behind PSG who lead the way.
· The incredible Lyon attacking trident are all fit and tipped to start. Depay, Kadewere and Toko Ekambi have combined for 36 goals this season and will surely be too much for Lens to handle.
· Depay in particular has been magnificent this season. The Lyon captain arrives in Lens in magnificent form on the back of scoring two goals and providing two assist for the Netherlands over the international break. The reverse fixture saw Lyon edge a 3-2 thriller back in January and I am anticipating a similarly thrilling encounter in Lens tonight.
Porto v Santa Clara (Porto win)
· We finish the evening in Portugal where I expect Portuguese giants Porto to get the job done with relative ease as they host 7th placed Santa Clara. In reality, retaining the Portuguese title is probably beyond Porto now who sit 2nd but have a 10 point gap to make up on league leaders Sporting. Their aim now is to secure 2nd which offers Champions League football, they are only 3 points clear of 3rd placed Benfica going in to tonight and simply can’t afford to drop points here.
Porto are unbeaten in their last 18 league matches going in to tonight.
Santa Clara have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 9 matches when playing away from home.
Porto have won each of their last 11 matches against Santa Clara.
Santa Clara have scored just 27 goals in their 24 league games which sees them with the worst offensive of any side ranked in the league’s top 7.
· The hosts were in tip-top form prior to the international break winning 3 on the bounce and look to be getting back to their best in recent months. Their thrilling last 16 victory Champions League victory over Juventus shows just how far they have come as a side.
· The hosts are tipped to be at full strength and skipper Pepe is even expected to return from injury. He missed the international break with Portugal due to a calf issue but has since recovered and is tipped to be involved tonight.
· Taremi and Marega should lead the line for the hosts with the deadly duo having combined for 26 goals this season in all competitions. Unsurprisingly Porto are the top scorers in the division having notched 51 goals this season at an average of over 2 per game.
· The visitors don’t have the luxury of possessing a full strength squad and have a number of important absentees to contend with this evening.
· Winger Allano and first choice centre-back Fabio Cardoso both miss out through suspension having been sent off in the draw with Tondela prior to the international break. Julio Romao also remains out with a knee problem which has persisted for some time now.
· Santa Clara in reality have little to play for as they trail the top 5 places which offers European football by 12 points but are also 11 points clear of relegation. They are safely in midtable and have no clear goals between now and the end of the season which could impact on motivation somewhat. Expect Porto to get the job done tonight as they try and get 2nd placed sewn up.