Both sides fully deserve to sit on the last positions in the table according to recent performances.
Lorient changed a lot in comparison to last season (sold all key players) and nowadays they don’t look like a real team anymore as chemistry is at a minimum level.
Even if things are slowly improving it still feels like there is a long way to go. Lorient’s strongest part is the left side where Guerreiro was promoted to the winger position and is extremely active in every game. Left fullback Le Goff is very advanced and often engages in fast paced actions with Guerreiro, actions that can destabilize opponents.
But when we move to the right side things are disastrous. Winger Jouffre is slower than a snail and fullback Gassama makes at least one vital error per game.
The defensive potential will be heavily diminished as Lorient will miss central defender Lautoa (suspended) and central midfielder Abdullah (injured). Abdullah’s place will most probably be taken by Coutadeur (return after injury this round) who is more offensive minded.
Although results are yet to be seen Lens are having decent performances as of late. They are very courageous and never hesitate when it comes to applying pressure and cornering opponents. For example last round against Bordeaux (Bordeaux won 2-1) Lens held more possession, had a significant presence in opponents’ half and more attacking passes completed.
Left fullback Baal was by far Lens’ best player and even had a couple of dangerous shots on target. The combinations between play-maker Valdivia and fullback Ball were once again Lens’ primary weapon.
It is really interesting how Lens’ strongest part is the left side and Lorient’s major weakness is on the same side (and the other way around). If we add to this Lorient’s defensive absences and the need for points of both sides we should be in for an entertaining encounter with at least 3 goals in it. Over 2.5 goals at 2.14
UPDATE: Lens will once again miss defensive midfielder Le Moigne.
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Wachter, Bellugou, L.Koné, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Coutadeur, Mostefa, Mesloub, Sunu, Jouffre, Lavigne, Barthelmé, Pelé – Robert, J.Ayew, Jeannot, Diallo
Lens: Belon, Ru.Riou – Ab.Ba, Baal, Cavaré, Gbamin, Kantari, Landre – Bourigeaud, Cyprien, El Jadeyaoui, Nomenjanahary, B.Sylla, Valdivia – Chavarria, Ad.Coulibaly, Guillaume, Touzghar, De.N’Diaye