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Monaco go head-to-head with Lens in the fourth matchday of the 2023/24 Ligue 1 season and Adi Hütter’s side are on the hunt for another win to keep pace at the top of the table. Lens are looking to end a worrying run of three winless games with their Champions League group stage debut on the horizon. The game takes place on Saturday September 2nd kicking off at 21:00 local time and will be in the Stade Louis-II in the southern end of the principality.
Monaco vs Lens head-to-head record
It is the home side that have been more successful in this fixture with 54 wins in 116 meetings, compared to just 30 for Lens who went 11 games without a victory from August 2010 to April 2015. The very first meeting between these sides was almost 70 years ago in November 1953 the first season that Monaco competed in the top division of French football.
Prolific Italian-born goalscorer Delio Onnis is the record scorer between these two teams, the naturalized Argentinian striker netted 12 goals for Monaco between 1973 and 1980. Behind him on seven strikes is World Cup Winner Youri Djorkaeff who played in the principality in the early 90s before moving onto PSG, Inter Milan and Bolton Wanderers among others.
- Monaco wins: 29
- Draws: 32
- Lens wins: 57
The Red and Whites have a hattrick of 6-0 wins over their northern rivals with the most recent coming in 2014 in the Coupe de France Quarter Finals guided by Claudio Ranieri with a masterful display from Lucas Ocampos, Emmanuel Rivière and Dimitar Berbatov. The Blood and Gold have scored six once, a 6-3 triumph in 1974 but their greatest margin of victory was a surprise 5-0 thumping in 1961 with ASM then then reigning champions.
Monaco vs Lens last five head-to-head record
France Ligue 1 22/04/23
France Ligue 1 20/08/22
France Ligue 1 21/05/22
France Cup 30/01/22
France Ligue 1 23/05/21
Lens 3-0 Monaco (22/04/2023)
Lois Openda was first out the blocks bagging a brace inside 16 minutes to take the game away from Monaco as Lens kept up their title charge at the end of last season. It was their biggest win over Monaco at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis since the 2009/10 season when Lens won by the same scoreline on matchday 25.
Monaco 1-4 Lens (20/08/2022)
An early season game which pitted Philippe Clement against Franck Haise in the Stade Louis-II and was a sign of things to come for the rest of the campaign. The home side disappointed while the visitors exceeded expectations, guided by Openda’s opener and a dominant performance from captain Seko Fofana in midfield.
Lens 2-2 Monaco (21/05/2022)
The final day of the 2021/22 season saw Monaco in the hunt to secure a Champions League spot while Lens had nothing left to play for. The Blood and Gold almost rained on their parade taking an early lead through midfielder Frankowski. However, led by captain Wissam Ben Yedder the visitors fought back to lead and ensured they qualified.
Lens 2-4 Monaco (30/01/2022)
This game marks Monaco’s only win since Lens returned to the top division in 2020 but it didn’t take place in Ligue 1 rather the Coupe de France last 16. Wissam Ben Yedder was at the double with goals either side of half-time and Monaco marched on as far as the semi-finals before falling to Nantes on penalties.
Monaco 0-2 Lens (21/08/2021)
Matchday three of the 2021/22 season was a feisty affair, the home side managed by Niko Kovac dominated the game with over 70% possession but both of Lens’ shots on target ended as goals to frustrate the hosts. Cheick Doucouré was given a straight red card on the hour and Monaco were also reduced to ten men when Aleksander Golovin was handed his marching orders just before full time.
Monaco vs Lens what to expect
Monaco have started strongly under Adi Hütter making them the favourites for this match especially being at home. That said Lens recent form in this match up gives Franck Haise cause for optimism especially given his strong record against the club going unbeaten in 6 games out of 7. New signing Folarin Balogun could play a part for the hosts but they also have experience in Golovin, Ben Yedder and the skills of Minamino to make Lens’ visit a difficult one.
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