Lorient were a bit shy last week away at Gazelec Ajaccio and they are surely be grateful for the draw (finished 1-1), especially after opponents had a few great chances in the dying moments.
Coach Ripoll changed formation last round and adopted a defensive attitude. Instead of the classic 4-4-2 Lorient started in a 4-5-1 formation with 3 defensive minded central midfielders.
The attacking phase suffered and top scorer Moukandjo was often all alone against 4 opponents. Wingers couldn’t be of much help since there was nobody eager to engage in actions with them.
Until now Lorient started all home games with 2 forwards, so most probably coach Ripoll will switch back to 4-4-2 and things will go back to normal.
Lorient will have to do without forward Waris and fullback Gassama (both suspended) while central defender Lautoa is once again doubtful.
Nice started last round more offensive minded than usual and fullbacks had only attacking tasks. But unfortunately this strategy backfired after only half an hour, when keeper Hassen was forced to foul an opponent. A red card followed and the history of the game was written (Toulouse won 2-0).
Attacking players were active mostly in midfield, but it’s understandable considering they had to play in 10 for about an hour.
Guests will have to do without keeper Hassen who is suspended.
With Lorient in normal formation and Nice in 11… this game has all the ingredients of a fast paced encounter with many scoring opportunities on both ends. If you want an assurance you can wait and see the lineups (about half an hour before the game) and check if Lorient have 2 forwards. over 2.5 goals at 2.01
UPDATE: Lorient will once again miss central defender Lautoa. Bad news for Nice as they will have to do without forward Ben Arfa. Same bet
LORIENT: Lecomte, Lamonge – Guerreiro, Le Goff, Karamoko, Bellugou, L.Koné, Z.Touré, Paye – Jouffre, Philippoteaux, Lavigne, Mulumba, Mesloub, Ndong, Barthelmé – Jeannot, Moukandjo
NICE: Cardinale, Gambetta – Baysse, Le Marchand, Genevois, Bodmer, Pied, R.Pereira, Boscagli – Seri, Albert, Hult, Wallyson, Dada, N.Mendy, Koziello – Benrahma, A.Mendy, Germain, P.Puel