Lorient seemed very tired just before the international break and had difficulties in keeping up with opponents.
Although offensive players were exhausted, Lorient still had an attacking approach. This strategy backfired and they got humiliated last round away at Angers (lost 5-1).
It is a pleasure to watch Lorient in action, as they always open up and try to exploit at maximum the skills of the attacking players. This round they will welcome back forward Moukandjo who missed a couple of games. With Moukandjo and Waris upfront Lorient can score against any side in Ligue1 (they even did it against PSG).
Hosts will have to do without defensive midfielder N’Dong who is suspended.
Lyon were very impressive before the international break, especially in the attacking phase, even if they missed both creative midfielders Valbuena and Grenier.
Forwards Ghezzal and Cornet got more involved than usual, and young midfielder Tolisso became a real leader. Now both Valbuena and Grenier will return to action, and hopefully Ghezzal, Cornet and Tolisso will continue to perform like in previous rounds.
There are many open spaces in Lyon’s defense, and it’s no wonder they concede at least once per game. This round it’s going to be even more difficult, since fullback Rafael and key defensive midfielder Gonalons will be suspended.
Both sides are offensive minded and an open encounter should be expected. With Gonalons and N’Dong suspended the chances for goals increase significantly. OVER 2.75 GOALS at 1.99
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Paye, Z.Touré, H.Karomoko, Guerreiro, Musavu-King, Bellugou – Barthelmé, Cabot, Mesloub, Abdullah, Jouffre, Philippoteaux – Jeannot, Waris, Moukandjo
Lyon: Lyon : A.Lopes, Gorgelin – J.Morel, Bedimo, Yanga-Mbiwa, B.Koné, Umtiti, Jallet – Ferri, Darder, Mvuemba, Kemen, Tolisso, Grenier – Ghezzal, Valbuena, Lacazette, Cornet, G.Perrin