Although the winning goal came only in the dying seconds, Lorient made a good game last week away at Nice (won 2-1).
They succeeded in controlling the game in midfield and proved again they are capable of fast paced actions upfront. Thanks to individual skills of players like winger Monnet-Pacquet and strikers Aliadiere and Aboubakar, Lorient can be a constant threat for any club in this tournament.
The only thing dragging them down is the lack of consistency. They simply can’t keep a high paced rythm for the entire 90 minutes. Maybe it’s because of a poor physical condition or maybe because of the alternating morale.
Most probably Lorient will use the same team as last round.
Opponents Montpellier were a real let down last round against Marseille. In defense they were very weak and superficial and it appeared that players didn’t even tried to lift their legs properly.
Even if Marseille’s winning goal arrived in the last minute (Marseille won 3-2) the victory was fully deserved as overall Montpellier were pretty pale.
Once again Cabella and Niang were Montpellier’s best players and the only ones capable of creating any decent actions. But even so, they looked fed up with this situation and took the foot of the gas.
Montpellier will welcome back Deplagne after suspension but most likely he will be only on the bench.
Although Lorient can’t be consistent in efforts for the entire 90 minutes, thanks to their offensive potential they simply can destroy Montpellier, especially given guests’ loose defense (like we could see last round). Lorient to win at 2.31
UPDATE: Good news for Lorient as they welcome back central defender Lautoa.
Lorient: Audard, Chaigneau, Reynet – L. Koné, Ecuele Manga, Guerreiro, Baca, Gassama, Lautoa – Bourillon, S.Diallo, Abdullah, Sunu, B.Pelé, Monnet-Paquet, Doukouré – Aboubakar, Aliadière, Al.Traoré
Montpellier: Pionnier, Jourdren – Congré, Hilton, Tiéné, El Kaoutari, Deplagne, Jebbour, Assoumin, Saint-Ruf – J.Marveaux, J.Martin, Cabella, Sanson, Stambouli – Mounier, Mb.Niang, Aït Fana, Deza