Lille need to thank the referee for their 1-0 win away at Caen last round.
Referee Desiage thought he will do French football a favor by inventing a penalty for Lille and help them pick up some much needed form ahead of the Champions League game with Porto. The only problem was that Lille were just as poor against Porto as they were against Caen and eventually lost 1-0.
Porto deserved to win after dominating the game and imposing the rythm.
Just like last season Lille are too slow in building up play as besides newly arrived Corchia all the other players are uninspired at the moment. Still, there are some talented guys out-there so maybe they just need some confidence.
Midfielder Martin missed against Porto due to injury and is doubtful at the moment.
There were moments last round when it appeared that Lorient deserved to take all points (drew 0-0 with Nice). However the inability to keep up a fast paced rythm and create constant pressure seems to be the biggest enemy. This is why they may feel more comfortable against teams like Lille, when they aren’t favorites and can concentrate on quick counters, just like it happened in the first round against Monaco.
Also, ever-since midfielder Bourillon transferred-out the support for the defense is reduced and they can be caught on the wrong foot, especially now with Lautoa out injured.
Fullback Guerreiro and central defender Kone haven’t trained in the midweek and they are both doubtful for this encounter.
If Lille’s defense would have been a bit softer a bet on Lorient could have been an interesting opportunity, but not with Basa and Kjaer in central defense constantly receiving help from Balmont, Mavuba and Gueye. Boring encounter to be expected with only a few decent scoring opportunities.
UPDATE: Lille will be without midfielder Martin. Striker Aboubakar will soon leave Lorient so he is not the squad.
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Béria, Corchia, Souaré, D.Sidibé, Basa, Kjaer, Rozehnal, Soumaoro – Mavuba, S.Meïté, Balmont, I.Gueye, Delaplace, R.Lopes – S.Kalou, R.Mendes, Rodelin, Roux, Origi
Lorient: Chaigneau, Lecomte – Gassama, L.Koné, Guerreiro, Wachter, Le Goff, Ecuele Manga – Coutadeur, Abdullah, B.Pelé, Mesloub, Mostefa, Sunu, Lavigne – S.Diallo, Jeannot, J.Ayew