An electrifying clash awaits as Montpellier HSC and RC Lens lock horns at the Stade de la Mosson in a very important Ligue 1 encounter. Montpellier, currently placed 14th in the league standings, are looking to stay out of the dreaded relegation zone. In contrast, Lens, sitting in sixth place, are looking to solidify their place in the European spots.
The historical battle between these two teams leans in favor of Lens, who have won 56% of their matches against Montpellier in the 21st century. The return of Michel Der Zakarian to Montpellier in February of this year helped drag La Paillade out of the bottom three. However, this season has been more of a challenge, something reflected in the team's ongoing struggle to secure victories, as they are winless streak in their last five Ligue 1 matches.
Montpellier's home ground, the Stade de la Mosson, has been a particular witness to their recent struggles, as the club have managed only one win there, taking just seven points from their seven home fixtures this season.
Meanwhile, Lens arrives on a high note, having made an impressive turnaround from their bottom-of-the-table position after the initial five games of the season. They now stand as one of the league's top contenders, having the second-best record since the fifth matchday this season, only behind PSG.
Lens also hold an impressive record of having earned four clean sheets in their four recent away games in Ligue 1. The recent head-to-head encounters between Montpellier and Lens are in favour of Lens, with three wins, one draw, and one victory for Montpellier in the team’s last five meetings.
With different goals fuelling both teams, this match has huge significance. Montpellier seeks redemption, aiming to break their winless streak and break what has been a horrible run of form at home, while Lens aims to sustain their impressive run and solidify their pursuit for European spots.