Lens will look to end their Ligue 1 season on a high when they travel to Stade de l’Abbé-Deschamps to face a relegation-threatened Auxerre side.
The hosts boosted their chances of playing top-flight football last time with a 1-1 draw with Toulouse. The draw lifted them two points above the bottom four.
However, their inferior goal difference means they must match or better Nantes’ final-day result to avoid being relegated to Ligue 2.
However, they come into this game in poor shape, having not won any of their last six league games (D3, L3). Therefore, victory will be their target as it’s the only way to guarantee no immediate return to Ligue 2 regardless of results elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Lens will look to end a successful season on a high note when they take on Auxerre.
The visitors have been Ligue 1’s surprise side this season, with the 81 points they have gathered this season only bettered by Ligue 1 winner PSG (85) ahead of this final round.
Although their unexpected title challenge finally ended last week, they come into this tie on the back of six consecutive Ligue 1 victories.
Meanwhile, their 3-0 dismantling of Ajaccio guaranteed second place and UEFA Champions League football for the first time since 2002/03. That marks a stunning rise for Franck Haise’s side, who were in Ligue 2 alongside Auxerre as recently as 2019/20.
Although Lens now have nothing to play for in this round, they’ll want to produce one more impressive performance to close out the season in style, looking to record three straight top-flight away wins for the first time since September 2021.
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