It was surprising to see key player Wass starting only on the bench last round against Lens (Evian won 2-0). Wass played only for the final 15 minutes, barely touched the ball and even got a red card (will miss this round).
Most probably coach Dupraz is thinking of making some vital changes in order for Evian to escape the relegation zone. Newly arrived winger Sunu and forward Duhamel will have a guaranteed place in the lineup, especially with Duhamel scoring his first goals for Evian last round (found the net twice).
Evian looked…interesting…upfront with Sunu and young Thomasson on the wings and Duhamel as striker. Even Costa-Rican play-maker Tejeda made a good game (probably the first since he arrived at the club…), created a couple of dangerous actions and even delivered an assist.
The 1-1 draw against Lyon last round was a good result for Lorient. Coach Ripoll prepared a surprise and started with Philippoteaux when players like Barthelme, Ayew and Lavigne were only on the bench. Philippoteaux arrived from Dijon were he had impressive performances and often found the net. But things are a bit different in Ligue1 and Philippoteaux will need some time to adjust first.
Even if they conceded once in defense Lorient looked better than in previous rounds as the level of organization appeared to have increased and opponents had fewer spaces available to exploit.
Bookies see Evian as favorites because of the hosts status and because of the positive result last round but truth be told Lorient should be the ones considered favorites because of recent performances, good form and increased morale.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Evian: B.Leroy, Hansen – Abdallah, Fall, Cambon, Nounkeu, Jon.Mensah, Mongongu, Sabaly – D.Koné, Tejeda, Sorlin, Thomasson, Barbosa – Sunu, Sougou, Nsikulu, Ramirez, Duhamel, Nielsen
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau, Sy – Gassama, Lautoa, L.Koné, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Philippoteaux, Lavigne, Ndong, Mesloub, Abdullah, Mostefa – Jeannot, Bruno, S.Diallo, J.Ayew