Even if they played against 10 for about 90 minutes Lorient made a good game last round away at Lyon (won 1-0).
Lyon were very determined as they needed the points to defend the 5th place in the table, but Lorient proved to be rock solid in defense and closed all possible entrances in their own penalty box.
The defensive potential will increase exponentially as Lorient will welcome back defenders Ecuele Manga (was suspended last round), Kone and Baca (injured).
Top scorer Aboubakar will also return after sitting out injured last round. Winger Monnet-Paquet will miss due to suspension.
Lorient’s fans suffered a lot this season with their beloved team losing points in stupid ways after controlling entire games. This will be a last chance to try and ask for forgiveness.
Difficult times for Lille as they need to win this game in order to finish 3rd and assure a presence in Champions League playoffs next season.
Last round they couldn’t take advantage of PSG’s apathy and ended up losing 3-1. It was very difficult for Lille as they got a red car in the first half and only a few teams in Europe have the power to deal with PSG in numerical inferiority. But even so, for a couple of rounds already Lille are too loose in defense and too slow upfront.
Play-maker Martin got a red card and will miss this final game. Most likely his replacement will be 19 years old Origi and all the burden of creating actions will sit upon his shoulders.
Lorient proved last round they can deal with desperate opponents. It should be easier this round since a couple of important players will return to the lineup and fans will constantly push them forward. Lorient +0.5 at 2.21
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Lorient: Audard, Chaigneau – Pedrinho, L.Koné, Guerreiro, Lautoa, Gassama, Ecuele-Manga, Baca – Bourillon, Coutadeur, Abdullah, B.Pelé, Doukouré – Aliadière, Al.Traoré, F.Robert, Aboubakar
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Béria, D.Sidibé, Basa, Kjaer, Rozehnal, Souaré, Jeanvier, Soumaoro – Mavuba, Balmont, I.Gueye, S.Meïté, Delaplace – S.Kalou, R.Mendes, Rodelin, J.Ruiz, Origi, Roux