The performances of these teams were at opposite ends last round, but with football not being fair Lorient only drew while Evian won.
Especially in the first half, Lorient were clearly better last round away at Reims (finished 1-1). Their actions on the flanks left opponents perplexed and there was no stopping strikers Aboubakar and Aliadiere.
Lorient entered the break with a minimum advantage and relaxed a bit in second half. This superficiality was quickly punished by opponents and Lorient couldn’t find the strength to score again, in-spite creating a couple of important chances.
The attacking phase looks very good and if central midfielders would participate more in the defensive phase, Lorient could comfortably sit in the first half of the table.
Evian did it again. They defeated Monaco last round (1-0) just like they defeated PSG a while ago after an unconvincing performance. Monaco were the ones dominating, creating chances but somehow missed them all. In the end Evian won thanks to a penalty scored in the final 10 minutes.
It is really a shame as Evian continue to get results after poor performances meanwhile other teams (such as Sochaux) are stuck in a relegation position in-spite playing a good football.
Evian will welcome back striker Ruben after he was suspended last round.
There shouldn’t be any doubt this game will have just one direction, towards Evian’s net. It wouldn’t be the first time when Evian gets points after being dominated, only that this time we can count on Lorient to make constant efforts for the entire 90 minutes, since they are on home ground and learned their lesson last round when they were equalized because of inconsistency. Lorient to win at 1.92
UPDATE: Lorient will be without defenders Lautoa, Abdullah. On the other hand they will welcome back midfielder Traore. It’s going to be harder for Lorient without Lautoa but they still have the necessary weapons to defeat Evian. Same bet.
Lorient: Audard, Chaigneau – L.Koné, Ecuele Manga, Bourillon, Guerreiro, Baca, Gassama – Jouffre, Coutadeur, Sunu, B.Pelé, Al.Traoré, Monnet-Paquet, Doukouré, Sad.Diallo – Aboubakar, Aliadière
Evian: Hansen, Laquait – Abdallah, Mongongu, Cambon, Angoula, Mensah, Sabaly – Sorlin, Tié Bi, Koné, Benezet, Wass, Barbosa, Bertoglio – Bérigaud, Ruben, Nsikulu