Coach Ripoll adopted a defensive approach last round against PSG and started the game with only one real forward. Even with reduced firepower, Lorient still managed to find the net and create real problems for a much more valuable opponent (PSG won 3-1).
Lorient didn’t exactly had high expectations for the game against PSG, that is why key winger Jouffre was rested and started only on the bench.
Defensive-wise Lorient can be pretty solid since both central midfielders are defensive minded.
In the attacking phase Lorient can inflict real harm thanks to fast wingers and extremely talented forwards Waris and Moukandjo.
Poor performance from Montpellier last week against Bordeaux (lost 1-0). Montpellier even played in numerical superiority for about 20 minutes but could barely create a couple of real chances.
With the exception of Boudebouz all players seem to lack confidence and Montepplier easily lose possession in opponents’ half.
The 4-0 win away at Gazelec Ajaccio two rounds ago was only an isolated incident and won’t happen again too soon.
Montpellier have a decent defense, but unfortunately they are usually under constant pressure and can’t keep up with opponents for long.
This game should be played mostly on midfield, but in the end Lorient can get an easy win, as all their attacking actions can result in goals. With Jouffre, Waris and Moukandjo on the field, the price on home win is simply a gift. LORIENT -0.25 at 2.05
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Paye, Gassama, Touré, Rose, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Barthelmé, Cabot, Mesloub, Ndong, Abdullah, Jouffre – Jeannot, Moukandjo, Waris
Montpellier: Pionnier, Ligali – Roussillon, Ndiaye, Congré, Hilton, Rémy – Dabo, Marveaux, Saihi, Boudebouz, Martin – Camara, Yatabaré, Bérigaud, Ninga