Last round Lorient proved they are on the right track and got their first win away from home (3-2 vs Toulouse). It was a very disputed encounter with many goals, many dangerous opportunities and turn of events.
Although they conceded twice Lorient kept it pretty tight in defense. Once again the left flank with fullback Le Goff and winger Guerreiro was the strongest part. Most of Lorient’s actions take place on that side and involve both the mentioned players. Seeing that both Le Goff and Guerreiro are highly active in the offensive phase it is of course normal for them to be caught on the wrong foot once in a while.
The right side with fullback Gassama and winger Barthelme once again appeared to be a bit hesitant and they will definitely have huge problems against Marseille’s wingers.
Lorient’s central midfielders are mostly focused in helping the defense and don’t advance that often.
Jeannot started upfront seeing that both Lavigne and Sunu were out injured. He made a good game, even managed to score, and it seems forward Ayew prefers him instead of the mentioned players (both Ayew and Jeannot scored last week).
Marseille heavily dominated last round against Nantes and the final score was fully deserved (Marseille won 2-0). Payet and Thauvin were Marseille’s most active and dangerous players, with both of them delivering assists and Thauvin also scoring a goal.
Fullback DjaDjedje was also very involved in the attacking phase and often neglected his defensive duties. He is a talented player but the attacking appetite can sometimes harm. This round his direct opponent will be winger Guerreiro who is one of the most in-form players in Ligue1 at the moment. This is the key battle that can decide the outcome of the game.
At the moment there are no news regarding Andre Ayew’s injury so he is considered doubtful. Attacking midfielder Alessandrini suffered an injury last round and will definitely sit out.
Lorient have improved a lot lately and also picked up some much needed confidence. There is no doubt Marseille have more talent and value but Lorient’s good moment can compensate and have a higher influence on the final result.
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back midfielder Coutadeur and forward Sunu after injury. Bad news for Marseille who will also miss key central defender Nkoulou
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Wachter, Bellugou, L.Koné, Guerreiro, Le Goff, Lautoa – Coutadeur, Sunu, Lavenant, Mostefa, Mesloub, Barthelmé, B.Pelé – J.Ayew, Jeannot, S.Diallo, F.Robert
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – Aloé, B.Dja Djedje, Doria, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, J.Morel – Barrada, Imbula, Lemina, Romao, Thauvin – Batshuayi, Gignac, Jobello, Omrani, Payet