Although in terms of possession Lorient were dominated, they made a decent game last round away at Rennes (finished 1-1).
They were a bit more consistent than usual in midfield, especially since central midfielder Coutadeur returned after a long injury. Because Coutadeur returned Lorient had to make a change so Alain Traore played as a winger. He felt very comfortable in this role and even managed to score.
Upfront top-scorer Aboubakar once again started only on the bench. Aboubakar was very impressive this entire season but tiredness surely accumulated and especially in away games he will be given some time to rest. But on home ground against Ajaccio he should be in the lineup.
With the exception of Aboubakar most likely Lorient will use the same lineup as last round.
Ajaccio were simply destroyed last week by Monaco (lost 4-1). First half was very balanced but in the second part Ajaccio got overwhelmed and couldn’t resist anymore. Defenders once again made a poor game and gave away huge spaces. Offensively they were softer than usual and the shots on target seemed more like passes to the keeper.
Considering that it was a home game against one of the best teams in France and Ajaccio failed to find any extra motivation, the chances for them to be fired up against Lorient are close to 0.
Ajaccio will have to do without central midfielder Faty who is suspended.
Lorient disappointed many times this season because of inconsistency and ended up losing important points. But on home ground, with fresh forces in midfield (Coutadeur) and against a demoralized and apathetic squad, Lorient should easily do the job. Lorient -1.25 at 1.95.
UPDATE: Lorient will miss striker Aboubakar who suffered an injury. Same bet, lower stakes
Lorient: Audard, Chaigneau – L.Koné, Ecuele Manga, Guerreiro, Baca, Gassama, Lautoa – Bourillon, S.Diallo, Abdullah, Sunu, B.Pelé, Monnet-Paquet, Doukouré, Jouffre – Aliadière, Al.Traoré
Ajaccio: Ochoa Scribe – Tonucci, M.Leca, Hengbart Perozo, Nadeau, Orengo – Gonçalvès, Pedretti, Mostefa, André, Lasne, Remiti – Tallo, Moracchini, A.Camara, Oliech