Lorient used a mixed squad in the midweek Cup game away at Bordeaux (lost 2-0). Their best players, defender Lautoa and forwards Waris and Moukandjo, were left outside the squad, not because coach Ripoll decided to rest them, but because they are injured and most probably will miss once again this round.
With those three players Lorient look totally different and can easily be competitive against teams from the upper half of the table. But without them Lorient can struggle even against relegation candidates.
Most probably Jeannot and Lavigne will partner upfront for Lorient, but unfortunately they are way under the level of Waris and Moukandjo.
Monaco have referee Jochem to thanks for winning a point last round against Gazelec Ajaccio (finished 2-2). Besides constantly inventing free kicks for Monaco, the referee even awarded them penalty, just to make sure they don’t miss the target.
Monaco were very static in the attacking phase and it’s no wonder they couldn’t open up an organized defense from open play. They have so much talent available but chemistry is at minimum levels and they can’t pick up form.
Another skilled offensive player will arrive at Monaco pretty soon, experienced striker Vagner Love from Corinthians.
Monaco will welcome back forward Traore who was suspended last week.
Monaco are lucky because opponents have a few important absences, but even so, since chemistry is at such low levels they may once again have to rely on set pieces, long balls, or referee’s help for finding the net.
UPDATE: Lorient welcome back defenders Gassama and Kone after injury. Monaco will have to do without central defender Carvalho
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Paye, L.Koné, Z.Touré, Karamoko, Bellugou, Le Goff, Guerreiro – Abdullah, Barthelmé, Jouffre, Philippoteaux, Lavigne, Mor.Fofana, Mesloub, Ndong – Jeannot
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, Sourzac – Coentrao, Fabinho, N’Doram, Raggi, Wallace – Bahlouli, T.Bakayoko, H.Costa, Dirar, Lemar, Moutinho, Pasalic, Ber.Silva, Toulalan – Carrillo, Chaïbi, Mbappé