Lorient – Monaco Preview

Lorient are sitting on 8 points from the last 4 rounds and the mood is excellent even if they lack motivation.

Coach Ripoll changed the system a bit and moved Guerreiro back on the fullback position in order to make room for Philippoteaux and Jouffre on the flanks. Guerreiro played as a winger most of the season and did an excellent job. Lorient are less incisive with Guerreiro playing as fullback and hopefully coach Ripoll will also realize this.

Lorient won’t sit around and wait for opponents to make their game regardless of their name and their need of points.

Hosts may also prefer to see Marseille going in Champions League next season, especially striker Jordan Ayew who has a history with Marseille and whose brother (Andre Ayew) is a leader at Marseille.

In-spite winning 2-0 Monaco struggled a bit to get inside Metz’s penalty box last round. It could be easily seen they are afraid of not making any mistakes that could endanger their current position in the table.

Assuming that Marseille will win, Monaco need to get 3 points from this encounter as a draw won’t be enough (in case of a draw will have same number of points but Marseille have better goal difference).

Monaco won’t rush upfront, they never do in away games, especially now when a simple mistake can cost them the Champions League position. There shouldn’t be much pressure on Lorient who have a good chance to end the season in style. Lorient +1 at 2.09

UPDATE: Lorient’s keeper Audard is back in the squad. Monaco will miss defenders Abdennour (injured) and Raggi (suspended).

Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau, Audard – Gassama, Pedrinho, L.Koné, Lautoa, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Barthelmé, Mesloub, Ndong, Mostefa, Abdullah, Jouffre, Philippoteaux – J.Ayew, Bruno

Monaco: Subasic, Stekelenburg, Caillard – Fabinho, Carvalho, Wallace, Ab.Diallo, Kurzawa, Echiejile – Toulalan, Moutinho, Kondogbia, Bakayoko – Dirar, Carrasco, Silva – Berbatov, Martial, Germain, Matheus

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