Not much movement on the transfer market for Caen. Defender Appiah left the squad, and Genevois arrived from Nice to take his place.
Veteran midfielder Malbranque arrived from Lyon, and although at 36 his glory days are long gone, it will be interesting to see a partnership Feret – Malbranque in central midfield. Both of them are highly experienced players and can easily push the game forward from only a few touches.
The main problem at Caen is with striker Delort (top-scorer last season). Delort made it very clear he wants to leave, and didn’t even show up at training sessions. Although they still have Rodelin upfront, and there are talks of transferring-in another striker, it will be difficult to replace Delort.
Lorient lost 3 important players in comparison to last season, and made only one notable acquisition. Fullbacks Guerreiro and Gassama left, same as winger Jouffre. On the other hand they brought-in midfielder Marveaux from Newcastle, and although he had a poor season in England, he is a talented player and familiar with French football.
The really good news from Lorient is that they managed to keep both strikers Waris and Moukandjo. They are really impressive players, and when both of them are available Lorient can score against any side in Ligue1. If Marveaux will adapt, he can be the perfect provider for Waris and Moukandjo.
This should be a balanced encounter, and the home factor alone doesn’t justify the low odds on Caen. It’s too early to anticipate how the teams will perform, but if Lorient will look confident in the first 15 minutes, a live bet on them can be really valuable.
UPDATE: Lorient will miss winger Cabot and midfielder Marveaux
Caen: Vercoutre , Dreyer – Dabo, Yahia, Ben Youssef, Da Silva, Imorou – Diomandé, Seube, Delaplace, Malbranque, Féret, Bessat – Bazile, Rodelin, Sané, Karamoh, Santini
Lorient: Lecomte, Delecroix – Koffi, Selemani, Lautoa, Rose, Touré, Bellugou, Le Goff – Barthelmé, Fofana, Mesloub, Ndong, Cafù, Philippoteaux – Jeannot, Moukandjo, Waris.