Lorient managed to score twice last round away at Guingamp (lost 3-2), but the game was one sided and there was never the question of the winner.
Lorient were constantly pushed in their own half, didn’t had the power to react, and given the bad form of the defensive players they should be thankful for conceding only 3 goals.
It is simply sad to see central defender Lautoa (should have been the most reliable player) struggling to keep up with opponents.
They were a bit lucky to have scored twice last round as both goals came when opponents relaxed too much as they realized Lorient couldn’t pose any kind of threat. An own goal and a penalty aren’t exactly arguments for a powerful offense…
Excellent performance from Montpellier last round against Nantes (won 4-0). Montpellier are getting more powerful with each round and pretty soon they will be real contenders for a place in Europe.
All players involve in the offensive phase perform at maximum potential, starting with forward Barrios who scored again last round (after netting a hat-trick 2 weeks ago) and finishing with midfielders Lasne and Mounier who deliver tons of key passes per game and even score.
Defenders are also highly confident at the moment and fullbacks even started participating in the offensive phase like never before. Especially Congre on the left side advances a lot and creates numerical superiority and free spaces for winger Mounier.
These teams are at opposite ends at the moment from all points of view. Montpellier should be able to continue the good run in-front of a soft and demoralized team. Montpellier DNB at 2.29
UPDATE: In comparison to last round Lorient will miss central midfielder Mostefa
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Pedrinho, Gassama, Lautoa, L.Koné, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Sunu, Lavigne, Ndong, Mesloub, Autret, Barthelmé – Jeannot, Bruno, S.Diallo
Montpellier: Jourdren, Ligali – Congré, Hilton, Gissi, Br.Dabo, El Kaoutari, Deplagne, Jebbour – S.Marveaux, J.Martin, Lasne, Sanson – Mounier, Bérigaud, Barrios, S.Camara, Bakar