Last round we saw how weird Ligue1 can be. Lorient won 4-0 away at in-form Evian.
They’ve scored 2 goals early in the game, even before Evian’s defenders had the chance to tie their shoelaces. A red card for Evian followed and history was written.
Lorient transferred in average striker Aboubakar from Valenciennes this summer and by a miracle he started scoring goals (7 goals in 14 games). But Aboubakar is still an average player and he knows it. That is why he makes the most of this moment and tries to be in the spotlight as much as possible. It’s a once in a lifetime chance for a player like him… For a couple of rounds the ball will be glued to his boot. No more passes, no more pragmatic shots, only dribbling moves and back-heels, because that’s the kind of player Aboubakar is.
Like we are used to when it comes to Lorient, once again they have 2 doubtful players, striker Aliadiere and central defender Kone.
Third keeper Chaigneau should continue in goal. This guy is one of the luckiest people on Earth. He was a reserve for most of his life but still got a healthy wage and when he finally plays the entire universe works on his behalf. He played 2 games so far, the first one was against Reims 2 rounds ago when the wind blew so hard it almost lifted players, and the 2nd one was last round when Lorient scored 2 goals in the first 10 minutes and withdrew with the entire team in defense, until Evian got a red card.
Don’t be fooled by Lorient’s last result, there’s absolutely nothing impressive about them. Maybe the most striking thing about Lorient is the way players suffer serious injuries following normal sportive contacts….
I was pleasantly surprised last round when I saw Nice cornering St Etienne. In the end Nice lost 1-0 but their performance was admirable, especially considering they were without several important players.
All Nice’s players outdid themselves, even inexperienced fullback Puel (coach’s Puel son…) rejected many of St Etienne’s actions, and keep in mind St Etienne have huge power on the wings.
In comparison to that game Nice will welcome back top scorer Cvitanich and central midfielder Mendy. Cvitanich’s absence proved to be decisive last week as even if Nice’s midfield moved the ball around there was nobody there for the final launch.
Winger Pied suffered an injury and is doubtful for this game.
Guests are solid at the back and with Aboubakar considering himself the new Eto’o, I see Lorient struggling to penetrate inside the box.
On the other side Cvitanich can score against any team in this league if he is properly served by midfielders. And judging by how Nice’s midfield looked last round there should be many good balls for Cvitanich.
The price of 1.94 for Nice +0.5 is truly valuable.