Bordeaux focused mainly on defending last round against PSG, but even so they lost in the end 2-0.
They concentrated on the defense not necessarily because of PSG’s value, but because Bordeaux lack firepower. Forwards Diabate, Jussie and Rolan are still injured, so Bordeaux relies only on Saivet (who is a disaster…) and on newly arrived Hoarau who has yet to develop playing relations with teammates. Hoarau is always pushing on the left side and seems to be stepping on wingers’ Maurice-Belay toes.
The midfield will most probably suffer a change since N’Guemo is highly doubtful. Fullback Orban will also miss due to suspension.
Bordeaux try to compensate the lack of attacking power by involving more midfielders in the offensive phase. When they have a defensive approach (like last round against PSG) there is no difference as Bordeaux don’t even think of attacking. But when they are more offensive (like on home ground), there are always spaces that can be exploited by opponents.
Lorient were equalized twice last by Monaco (finished 2-2) and some may say the draw in the end was a bit unjust and that Lorient deserved to win.
I don’t remember Lorient being able to use the same team for 3 rounds in the 1st part of the season. They had severe problems with injuries but it seems their luck changed now. There’s continuity now and it’s making all the difference.
All players involved in the offensive phase are in extraordinary form, maybe except central midfielder Traore who can’t really seem to pick up a rythm. Last seasons his attempts on target made every keeper instantly sweat, but nowadays he rarely tries, and when he does it goes completely wide.
Defensively Lorient are organized enough to deal with Bordeaux’s crippled attacking power.
Upfront Lorient play in speed and always seize the moment. So if there will some spaces in Bordeaux’s midfield, Lorient will surely speculate that.
At 1.79 the odds on Lorient +0.5 are simply insane. Medium confidence.