Lens host Freiburg at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Thursday for the Europa League playoff knockout round first leg.

Freiburg advanced from their Europa League group for a second consecutive season, but the hosts exited the Champions League after almost a decade.

Top 3 marketsBest odds at bookmakers
Lens to win: ⚽1.78 at Bet9ja
Both teams to score: 🥅1.80 at 1xbet
Vincenzo Grifo to score anytime: ✅4.5 at Sportybet

Lens and Freiburg: Previous Games 

Seven of Lens’s last ten home matches have ended in victories. Lens has won their previous three matches in a row.

In their last ten home encounters, Lens have recorded six clean sheets. In five of their previous ten home encounters, Lens has scored two or more goals.

Freiburg has dropped their last three games in a row. Freiburg have let in two or more goals in six of their last ten road games.

Probable Lens Lineup

Samba; Aguilar, Danso, Gradit; Frankowski, Diouf, Abdul Samed, Jhoanner Chaves; Sotoca, Wahi, Guilavogui

Probable Freiburg Lineup

Atubolu; Kubler, Sildillia, Szalai, Gunter; Eggestein, Hofler; Doan, Sallai, Grifo; Gregoritsch

Betting tips: Lens x Freiburg

Check out our predictions of the day for Lens vs. Freiburg

Prediction 1: Lens x Freiburg / Lens to win

Lens and Freiburg have never met before, with Lens having a solid home record in UEFA tournaments and Freiburg having a second participation at this level. The Germans have lost momentum in previous matches, particularly on the road, so it will be intriguing to watch how they react. Lens has a strong home form tailwind and should be a decent value for total points. We think Lens will beat Freiburg.

Prediction 2: Lens x Freiburg  /  Both teams to score

Lens is coming off a three-game victory streak, while Freiburg has lost three straight. It’s clear who’s more confident.

Despite a probable home victory, Lens’ noisy Bollaert-Delelis atmosphere makes them tough to defeat, and Freiburg has lost their past four away games, so the tie will likely be in doubt till next week’s second leg. Both teams will hit the net this time.

Prediction 3: Lens x Freiburg /  Vincenzo Grifo to score anytime

During the group stage, Vincenzo Grifo scored four goals.

All three of Freiburg’s Europa League victories were scored by Grifo. As a 30-year-old Freiburg left winger, Vincenzo Grifo matures like a good wine. The Italian international was a crucial cog in his team’s advancement to the knockout round, starting every one of their six group games.