5 goals scored away at Marseille and not even Lorient’s biggest fans would have believed their team is capable of such an impressive performance.
Lorient took advantage of Marseille’s defensive errors and successfully converted all their chances. It was a breath of fresh air for Lorient who were struggling to escape the relegation zone and had won only 1 point in the last 4 rounds.
Furthermore the win over Marseille was achieved without central defender Lautoa and winger Guerreiro, both of them key players. Now Lautoa has resumed full training and will return to the lineup while Guerreiro is still doubtful.
Bordeaux failed to get more than a draw last week against relegation candidates Metz (drew 1-1). Bordeaux recently took the foot off the gas and their performances are getting poorer as round goes by. They are less inspired and started to rely mainly on set pieces and long balls.
The defense plays at the same level but with fellow midfielders losing possession in unexpected moments Bordeaux have problems in keeping a clean sheet.
Still, they have some of the most talented midfielders in Ligue1 and only lack some motivation, chemistry and a clear strategy (a bit of everything…)
Guests will miss suspended fullback Mariano.
As suggested by the odds Lorient do have an upper hand thanks to last week’s victory and the huge levels of motivation, but Bordeaux are no mugs and even if they aren’t running at full speed individual talent can always make a difference.
UPDATE: It’s official, hosts will welcome back defender Lautoa and winger Guerreiro (key players). On the other hand they will miss defenders Gassama and Le Goff
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Pedrinho, L.Koné, Lautoa, Bellugou, Wachter, Guerreiro – Barthelmé, Autret, Mesloub, Ndong, Mostefa, Abdullah, Philippoteaux – J.Ayew, Bruno, S.Diallo
Bordeaux: Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Faubert, Guilbert, Pallois, Planus, Yambéré – Chantôme, Khazri, Plasil, Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – Kiese Thelin, Rolan, Saivet, Crivelli