Freiburg vs Lens Europa League Second Leg

Freiburg vs Lens Europa League Second Leg

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Football

February 22nd, 2024

The Europa League knockout round playoffs reach their climax as Freiburg vs Lens lock horns at the Europa-Park Stadion today. The stage is set for a thrilling encounter after the first leg ended in a goalless draw, leaving all to play for in this must-win clash.

Their Performance On Their Latest Matches

The hosts come into the match struggling for form, winless in their last five games across all competitions. Their 3-3 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday highlighted their defensive frailties, conceding three goals for the fourth time in that period. Despite boasting the second-best attacking record in the Europa League group stage, with 10 goals scored at home, Freiburg desperately need a victory to overcome their recent slump.

 The visitors, on the other hand, are enjoying a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, including impressive draws against Lille and Lyon in Ligue 1. Their defensive solidity, evidenced by three clean sheets in those five games, will be crucial against Freiburg's potent attack. However, Les Sang et Or haven't tasted victory in their last 13 away games in UEFA competitions, a statistic that could hinder their aspirations.

Key Players And Prediction On The Freiburg vs Lens Match

 Breisgau-Brasilianer's Yannik Keitel is a doubt after picking up a back injury, while Lens will miss the suspended Kevin Danso. Both teams will look to their key players to step up: Freiburg's Vincenzo Grifo, who scored in the first leg, and Lens' Oumar Diakité, their leading goalscorer in the Europa League campaign, could hold the key to unlocking the other's defense.

Despite Freiburg with their recent struggles, their impressive home record in Europe and stronger attacking firepower tilt the scales slightly in their favor vs Lens. We predict a victory for the hosts, sending them through to the next round of the Europa League.

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