Gazelec Ajaccio are flying high after the 4th consecutive Ligue1 victory and confidence is at maximum levels (won 2-1 at Bastia). When the season began they were very shy and barely adventured upfront, but lately they adopted a different strategy: attacking is the best defense.
Forwards are pretty agile and thanks to playmakers’ Larbi increased vision Ajaccio are capable of fast paced actions on all areas of the field. Once in a while Ajaccio also take opponents by surprise through long range passes and forwards find themselves in excellent scoring positions.
In the midweek Cup game against Ajaccio rested some of their most important players (keeper Maury, midfielders Ducourtioux and Larbi and forwards Boutaib and Zoua). Even without a couple of regulars Ajaccio created the best chances, but unfortunately they lost in extra time and were eliminated from the competition (lost 1-0 vs Guingamp)
Hosts may miss fullback Martinez who suffered an injury last week
Lorient are in good form regardless the defeat last round (lost 2-1 against PSG). That defeat was pretty much unavoidable considering the opponent, and in these conditions Lorient performed at decent standards.
The only thing worrying at Lorient is that they have been conceding way too many goals. With 20 goals conceded so far they have one of the leakiest defense in the tournament, especially as of late when they seem way more loose than in the first rounds.
Recently key defender Lautoa returned from injury and pretty soon Lorient should improve defensively. But until that happens the best strategy for Lorient is to outscore opponents.
Guests will once again miss forward Waris who is suspended.
Once in a while we get excellent value for betting on goals in Ligue1. This is one of those times when bookies haven’t done their homework and failed to adjust prices. Over 2.25 goals at 2.01
UPDATE: Bad news for Lorient as important central defender Lautoa once again got injured and will sit out.
Gazelec Ajaccio: Goda, Guérin – Coeff, Filippi, Bréchet, Sylla, Mangane – Youga, Poggi, Le Moigne, Ducourtioux, Djokovic – Larbi, Zoua, Boutaïb, Mayi, Dia, Tshibumbu
Lorient: Lecomte, Lamonge – Gassama, L.Koné, Paye, Z.Touré, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Philippoteaux, Jouffre, Ndong, Bellugou, Mulumba, Barthelmé, Mesloub, Lavigne – Moukandjo, Jeannot