Last round it was the first time this season Lille scored twice in an away game. They started very shy but after 30 minutes they regained confidence and took over the game (won 2-1 at Caen).
New coach Antonetti hasn’t made any significant change. The only difference is that Lille now use two creative players with playmaker skills, Boufal and Martin. They are more inventive now and capable of holding the ball longer in opponents’ half.
Striker Benzia is in great form after he scored a double last round and reached a total of 4 goals this season.
Hosts may miss midfielder Balmont who suffered an injury last round.
In the first half Lorient were invisible last round away at Toulouse. But something strange happened right after the break, Lorient scored twice in only a minute and the fate the game was sealed (they won 3-2). It was one of the strangest moments in Ligue1’s recent history and most certainly won’t happen again too soon.
Key striker Waris is still suspended, top scorer Moukandjo is in poor form and even started on the bench last round, and wingers are less involved in the game (they used to play a major role).
The only ones who seem to be in-from are forward Jeannot (scored twice last week) and midfielder Mesloub, but they are only mediocre players.
Lille is looking more determined with new coach Antonetti in charge and a series of positive results should follow, if they manage to stay free of injuries. With Lorient’s most important players either absent or out of form, Lille have a great chance of taking all points. Lille -0.75 at 2.09
UPDATE: Lille’s midfielder Balmont recovered from injury but they will miss forward Guirassy and midfielder Corchia
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – D.Sidibé, Soumaoro, Civelli, Sunzu, Pavard, Y.Koné – Mavuba, Balmont, Obbadi, I.Amadou, M.Martin, Bauthéac, Boufal, Yeboah – Benzia, Nangis, Tallo
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Guerreiro, Le Goff, Bellugou, L.Koné, Z.Touré, Paye – Jouffre, Philippoteaux, Mulumba, Mesloub, Ndong, Barthelmé – Jeannot, Moukandjo, Lavigne