Tough to swallow result for Lens last week away at Bordeaux (lost 2-1). Lens surprisingly dominated the first half but it was of no use since they didn’t exactly had the power the infiltrate inside the penalty box.
They are getting closer and closer to Ligue2 and it’s a real shame considering they have some valuable players in the squad, especially in the offensive department. Coach Kombouare is one of the main responsible for the disastrous results as he often rotates attacking players and prevents them from achieving full potential.
Most likely Lens will get more desperate in the following rounds and we may see them more aggressive and negligent than usual.
Weird game between Lorient and Rennes last round as Lorient constantly applied moderate pressure but ended up losing at a forfeit score (Rennes won 3-0). Lorient’s poor defensive organization at set pieces proved to be vital as they conceded following 2 corners and 1 quick counter.
While opponents converted all their important chances, Lorient often managed to penetrate inside the penalty box but Rennes’ keeper Costil made miracles and kept a clean sheet on his own.
Lorient are also very close to the relegation zone so lacking motivation is out of the question. They just need to pay more attention in defense and constantly be in alert no matter the opponent.
Since both sides are seriously threatened by relegation there’s no doubt this will be a very difficult encounter. Most probably hosts will be the ones trying to impose the rythm and push the game forward. Remains to be seen if Lorient will show the same defensive fragility as last round.
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back forward Touzghar after injury. Bad news for Lorient as they will have to do without two important players: defender Lautoa and winger Guerreiro
Lens: Belon, Ru.Riou – Ba, Baal, Boulenger, Fradj, Gbamin, Kantari, Landre – Cyprien, Le Moigne, Nomenjanahary, Valdivia – Chavarria, Coulibaly, Guillaume, Madiani, Touzghar
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Pedrinho, Wachter, L.Koné, Le Goff, Bellugou – Barthelmé, Mostefa, Ndong, Abdullah, Mesloub, Jouffre, Philippoteaux – J.Ayew, Jeannot, Bruno