Both sides ended up losing last round only because playing in numerical inferiority.
Lorient were involved in a very balanced game away at St Etienne until they got a red card and fully collapsed (lost 2-0). Upfront they couldn’t really threaten the opponent that much, but in defense Lorient stood ground admirably and confidently rejected all incoming actions.
Surprisingly young midfielder NDong started in central midfield and he was very determined and set on leaving a nice impression. Unfortunately persistence led to aggressiveness and he got his first Ligue1 red card (will miss this round).
Hosts should welcome back defender Kone after he missed a couple of rounds through injury.
Last week against Bordeaux Caen got a red card in the first half but still continued to apply pressure and corner opponents. The confidence was at maximum levels and pushed them beyond limits.
Caen were very close to getting a well deserve draw when in extra time referee Thual decided to add a bit of drama and awarded Bordeaux a penalty (Bordeaux won 2-1). It was a major blow for Caen that forcefully ended the series of positive results.
Guests will have to do without suspended winger Nangis. Caen may suffer a bit from an offensive points of view seeing that wingers Bazile and Koita are also out injured.
Both sides deserved more last week and lost because of red cards. This should be a very disputed encounter with both teams eager to get back on the right track. Lorient do have an advantage because of playing at home and because of Caen’s absences but no that big as the bookies suggest….
UPDATE: Lorient can once again count on the services of winger Jouffre, fullback Gassam and defender Kone.
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Pedrinho, L.Koné, Lautoa, Le Goff, Bellugou – Barthelmé, Guerreiro, Mostefa, Abdullah, Mesloub, Jouffre, Philippoteaux – J.Ayew, Jeannot, Bruno
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis – Calvé, Appiah, A.Yahia, Saad, D.Da Silva, Imorou, Raineau – Adéoti, Seube, N.Kanté, Lemar, Féret – Benezet, Privat, Bazile, Sala