Lens vs Arsenal lineups, predictions – UEFA Champions League

Lens vs Arsenal lineups, predictions – UEFA Champions League
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All roads lead to Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Tuesday night for the Lens vs Arsenal UEFA Champions League Group B clash. Kick-off is 20:00 BST, 03 October 2023.

Lens played out a pulsating 1-1 draw away at Sevilla in their first game, and will now seek to pick up their first win of Group B to reposition themselves towards a good group finish.

On the other hand, Arsenal thrashed in-form PSV 4-0 at the Emirates to mark their return to the UCL in style. Mikel Arteta's men will now look to string back-to-back wins in the group and in a very difficult ground in French football.

Lens vs Arsenal probable lineups

This is how we think both teams will line up in this UCL match:

Lens

Goalkeeper: Brice Samba
Defenders: Jonathan Gradit, Kevin Danso, Facundo Medina.
Midfielders: Przemyslaw Frankowski, Nampalys Mendy, Salis Abdul Samed, Deiver Machado.
Forwards: Florian Sotoca, Angelo Fulgini, Elye Wahi.

Arsenal

Goalkeeper: David Raya.
Defenders: Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba, Benjamin White.
Midfielders: Fabio Veira, Declan Rice, Martin Ødegaard.
Forwards: Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka.

Lens vs Arsenal confirmed lineups

Lens

Lens
3-4-3
30
Brice Samba
fr
24
Jonathan Gradit
fr
4
Kevin Danso
at
14
Facundo Medina
ar
29
Przemyslaw Frankowski
pl
26
Nampalys Mendy
sn
6
Salis Abdul Samed
gh
3
Deiver Machado
co
7
Florian Sotoca
fr
9
Sepe Elye Wahi
fr
28
Adrien Thomasson
fr
Substitutes
20
Faitout Maouassa
fr
25
Abdukodir Khusanov
uz
2
Ruben Aguilar
fr
16
Jean-Louis Leca
fr
23
Neil El Aynaoui
fr
40
Yannick Pandor
mq
18
Andy Diouf
fr
27
Morgan Guilavogui
gn
22
Wesley Said
fr
11
Angelo Fulgini
fr

Arsenal

Arsenal
4-3-3
22
David Raya
es
18
Takehiro Tomiyasu
jp
2
William Saliba
fr
6
Gabriel Magalhaes
br
35
Oleksandr Zinchenko
ua
8
Martin Odegaard
no
41
Declan Rice
gb
29
Kai Havertz
de
7
Bukayo Saka
gb
9
Gabriel Jesus
br
19
Leandro Trossard
be
Substitutes
25
Mohamed Elneny
eg
20
Jorginho
it
17
Cedric Soares
pt
5
Thomas Partey
gh
14
Edward Nketiah
gb
31
Karl Hein
ee
15
Jakub Kiwior
pl
24
Reiss Nelson
gb
4
Ben White
gb
1
Aaron Ramsdale
gb
10
Emile Smith-Rowe
gb
21
Fabio Vieira
pt

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Lens vs Arsenal predictions

The Gunners sit comfortably on top of Group B with three points and will look to perform well as they take on Lens. However, this game will hardly follow the pattern of the PSV rout because of how stubborn Lens can be at home. Here are three predictions we have assigned this match.

Prediction 1: Arsenal to win

Franck Haise's side suffered four defeats in their first five Ligue 1 games, but have recovered to stay unbeaten in their last three games ahead of the visit of the Gunners. Nonetheless, their new found form may not be enough to deny an Arsenal side who have strung five wins in their last six games. We are well aware of how difficult it is for visiting teams to pick up all three points at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, still, we back Arsenal to earn a hard-fought win.

Arsenal players celebrate goal ahead of UCL clash with Lens
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Prediction 2: Both teams to score

For one, Arsenal have scored in all ten games this season, a run dating back to the Community Shield clash with City on 6 August. Also, Lens have netted in six of the eight g toames they've played so far this campaign. It is important to point out that Arsenal have been involved in both sides scoring match on five occasions out of ten this season, while Haise's men have also done this in five out of the eight matches they've played. Bearing the above stats in mind, we're backing both sides to score here.

Prediction 3: Over 2.5 total goals

We've already established that Lens have played eight games; four of those ended with at least 3 goals. And for Arsenal, six of their ten games ended with over 2.5 scores. It shows these teams can score and also concede goals, this makes us anticipate a high-scoring affair on Tuesday night.

Lens vs Arsenal head-to-head

This game will be the first time both teams meet in a competition game. They previously met in a 2016 club friendly which ended 1-1 apiece.

Lens recent form

Strasbourg 0-1 Lens (29/09) – Ligue 1

Lens 2-1 Toulouse (24/09) – Ligue 1

Sevilla 1-1 Lens (20/09) – Champions League

Lens 0-1 Metz (16/09) – Ligue 1

Monaco 3-0 Lens (02/09) – Ligue 1

Arsenal recent form

Bournemouth 0-4 Arsenal (30/09) – Premier League

Brentford 0-1 Arsenal (27/09) – Carabao Cup

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham (24/09) – Premier League

Arsenal 4-0 PSV (20/09) – Champions League

Everton 0-1 Arsenal (17/09) – Premier League

Where to watch Lens vs Arsenal live in UK and Nigeria

United Kingdom

For fans In the UK, Lens vs Fulham will be broadcast live on TNT Sports 2, discovery+ and discovery+ App.

Nigeria

Football fans in Nigeria will be able to watch the Lens vs Arsenal Champions League clash on DSTV Now and SuperSport Variety 3 channel.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Joseph is a freelance writer who spends most of his time writing engaging football contents. Based in Nigeria, Joseph is a die-hard Real Madrid fan with over 8 years experience in the sports betting space. He has covered football match previews, predictions, and news across leagues in Africa and Europe.