Caen have been very inconsistent lately and it’s no wonder they lost touch with the European positions.
Midfielder Feret and forwards Rodelin and Delort are by far Caen’s most important players, but unfortunately there is no continuity in their performances. Take Rodelin for example, two rounds ago he scored and was extremely active, but last week he was visible only when he scored an own goal.
In the defensive phase Caen are very vulnerable on the left side, where fullback Raineau is only a temporary solution and he can be easily outplayed, just like it happened last round when Toulouse won 2-0.
With 10 minutes to go Lorient and Lyon were on the verge of splitting points, but Lorient abandoned all offensive hope and got punished (Lyon won 3-1).
Lorient have very talented forwards and wingers, but the major problem is that both central midfielders are defensive minded. This way Lorient are forced to build mostly down the flanks and can be very predictable.
Important forward Moukandjo returned from injury last week, but he is yet to pick up form.
Guests will welcome back central midfielder N’Dong after suspension.
With Rodelin and Delort inconsistent in performances, hosts will struggle against a compact opponent that can be very dangerous on counters. Bookies give Caen too much credit, and if you must have a bet on this game you know where the value is.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Caen : Vercoutre, Reulet – Appiah, Yahia, Da Silva, Imorou – Adéoti, Diomandé, Seube, Delaplace, Makengo, Leborgne, Féret, Nkololo – Rodelin, Bazile, Delort, Ntibazonkiza
Lorient : Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Paye, Z.Touré, Rose, Guerreiro, Musavu-King, Bellugou – Barthelmé, Cabot, Mesloub, Ndong, Abdullah, hilippoteaux – Jeannot, Waris, Moukandjo