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Lens vs Clermont (France Coupe de la Ligue)

It's the 1/32 finals of Coupe de la Ligue. The home team won over Troyes on the road in the previous round and Lens aims the another Cup win tonight, after two straight defeats in the league. The best way to return the confidence is to win, according to Philipe Montanier, the coach of RC Lens. Goalkeeper Leca(4/0), defenders Michelin(5/0) Touka(3/0) and midfielder Perez(5/0) will miss the game for hosts. Both teams will rotate their squads in an attempt to rest some of the most important players, but the fact is that Lens have a much wider squad and roster with the more individual quality. Clermont is still undefeated in the new season, they passed further after penalty shoutout vs Le Havre in the previous round. However, the away team will be without their top scorer, attacker Grbic(5/5). It's a huge blow for the attack of Clermont as he scored 62,5% goals of Clermont's total number (8) this season. Midfielder Gastien(5/0) and attacker Gomis(2/0) are another two missings, while midfielder N'Diaye(5/0) is a doubt. Clermont will not easily give up on the next phase but the home team will push hard to win and escape the bad run. Lens will have more time to rest after the game (next game 02.09.), while Clermont have the next league game in three days (30.08.). Missing players and partial rotations should effect Clermont much more since they lost many integral players during the summer but failed to find suitable replacements.


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