Arsenal swaggered back to the top table in European football with a dominant 4-0 win over PSV and Mikel Arteta’s side will look to continue their impressive form at Lens.
The Gunners are unbeaten in 10 matches across all competitions this season and also won 4-0 last time out at Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Lens head into the game buoyed by back-to-back wins over Toulouse and Strasbourg, victories that stopped the rot for Franck Haise’s side.
The first six matches of the campaign for the Ligue 1 club did not bring a single win across all competitions, a run that culminated in a 1-1 draw against Sevilla in their Champions League opener.
Lens vs Arsenal match facts
- Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023
- Kickoff Time: 9:00 p.m. local (3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT)
- Location: Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Lens, France)
- Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
- Last meeting: Lens 1-0 Arsenal (Nov. 25, 1998 | Champions League)
Lens vs Arsenal prediction, odds
- Moneyline lean: Arsenal win (-164)
- Score prediction: Lens 0-2 Arsenal
Haise labelled Arsenal as the best team in Group B and it’s hard to see beyond them making it two wins out of two.
Lens might have rebuilt some confidence over the past couple of weeks but the task awaiting them is at another level entirely.
Bukayo Saka got a goal and an assist against PSV and has scored five and set up four in nine appearances this season. With the England winner in such scintillating form, it is very hard to back against the north Londoners.
to score Y / N
|Over / Under
|LEN +0.5||ARS -0.5|
|+425||+310||-164||-133 / -108||-143 / +105||+125||-185|
Lens vs Arsenal best bet
- Pick: Kai Havertz to score at anytime
- Odds: +260 (FanDuel)
Havertz crowned the win at Bournemouth with his first Arsenal goal from the penalty spot. It was a clear attempt to build the confidence of a player who can sometimes be brittle in that regard.
Playing in midfield, there is not the same demand for goals that Havertz had to shoulder during his time at Chelsea but it was starting to feel like a long wait.
The Germany international netted the winner in the 2021 Champions League final and he has been known to score in bursts. His final goal for Chelsea capped a three-match scoring run.
Lens vs Arsenal prop bet
- Pick: Only Arsenal to keep a clean sheet
- Odds: +170 (BetMGM)
Arteta’s decision to drop Aaron Ramsdale as his first-choice goalkeeper invited understandable scrutiny but the results speak for themselves since David Raya has been in possession of the gloves.
The Spaniard’s Arsenal debut was a 1-0 win at Everton. Shutouts against PSV and Bournemouth followed, with only Tottenham managing to breach as an all-action north London derby finished 2-2.
Raya coming into the side has coincided with the back four of Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel and Oleksandr Zinchenko being reunited, a unit that underpinned Arsenal’s best form last season. They will once again be a tough nut to crack.