Lorient were a bit unlucky to lose last week away at Montpellier (finished 2-1). They created the best of opportunities but opponents found the net very early and Lorient struggled an entire half to get back in the game.
Once again Lorient’s wingers and forwards were the most active players on the field, even if none of them managed to score. At one point coach Ripoll substituted both wingers as they seemed exhausted after continuous efforts.
Defenders seemed a bit nervous and three of them got booked, which is kind of unusual for Lorient, but most probably the early goal conceded is the reason for such an attitude.
Lorient will have to do without suspended central midfielder Abdullah
Bordeaux bounced back after the shameful defeat away at Nice two rounds ago (lost 6-1) and managed to score three times in-front of Lyon (won 3-1). But that result is a bit misleading as Bordeaux were often cornered and their goals weren’t exactly results of continuous pressure.
It is a mystery why Bordeaux aren’t performing at higher standards since the squad is extremely talented in all departments.
Bordeaux are coming after a difficult game in Russia (0-0 against Rubin Kazan) a game in which coach Sagnol made a couple of changes and midfielders Khazri and Plasil started on the bench while defender Pablo was left outside the squad (rest)
Bordeaux will have to do without forward Crivelli who is suspended.
Unlike Bordeaux, Lorient aren’t afraid to be in control and take charge. Lorient should be the ones holding more possession but Bordeaux are pretty experienced and could strike decisively on counters (only if they will have enough endurance power in defense).
UPDATE: Lorient will once again miss forward Jeannot and winger Guerreiro. Bad news for Bordeaux as they will have to do without important midfielder Chantome.
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Lautoa, Z.Touré, L.Koné, Bellugou, Le Goff, Paye – Philippoteaux, Mulumba, Mesloub, Ndong, Bouanga, Barthelmé, Jouffre – Moukandjo, Waris
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Gajic, Guilbert, Pablo, Pallois, Poundjé, Yambéré – Khazri, Plasil, Poko, Saivet, Ab.Traoré, Ounas – Jussiê, Maurice-Belay, Rolan, Kiese Thelin