After winning only 1 point in the last 5 rounds, it was obvious that something wasn’t clicking at Lorient.
Now they have a new coach, Bernard Casoni, an experienced coach, very familiar with Ligue1 football. Although he was a defender during his time as a player, Casoni is now known for his daring tactics, and for not backing away in front of reputed opponents.
Of course there is a different mood now at Lorient, after the international break and with a new coach, but they already seemed to be on the right track for about 3 weeks ago, especially from an offensive point of view. They managed to score 5 goals in the last 3 games (Cup included), and the performances were really encouraging, not to mention that topscorer Moukandjo missed those games.
Hosts will have to do without midfielder Mesloub who is suspended, but welcome back forward Moukandjo.
Monaco are scoring goals for fun, and there’ simply no stopping them. Sure, sometimes they can neglect the defensive phase, but who cares as long as you are able to score exactly 3 goals per game?
Playmaker Moutinho is injured for a couple of rounds already, but Silva, Lemar, Falcao and Germain made sure that Moutinho’s absence wasn’t felt.
Monaco have a difficult game early next week in Champions League, but they are already topping the group, and also have a large and valuable squad available. In case coach Jardim rotates, Monaco are still very dangerous. For example forward Carillo played only 20 minutes last round and managed to score twice.
We should expect goals whenever Monaco play, especially if they are up against sides with decent offensive potential. Bookies learned their lesson and adjusted the prices, but there is still value on goals. OVER 2.75 GOALS at 2.06
Lorient: Delecroix, Lamonge – Le Goff, Rose, Touré, Lautoa, Moreira, Bellugou – Guendouzi, Barthelmé, Cafu, Philippoteaux, Mvuemba, Fofana – Aliadière, Moukandjo, Marveaux, Waris
Monaco : Subasic, De Sanctis, Sy – Jemerson, Sidibé, Mendy, Raggi, Glik, N’Doram – Fabinho, Silva, Bakayoko, Traoré, Boschilia, Lemar – Falcao, Carrillo, Germain, Jean, Mbappé.