Although they lost 2-1 away at Caen last round Lorient’s game seem to have improved a bit. They can hold more possession now by moving the ball from one midfielder to the other until tunnels are created for striker Ayew. Another sign of improvement is the victory away at Evian in the midweek Cup game (Lorient won 2-1).
Central midfielder Abdullah was the most active player for Lorient as all actions involve his presence. Unfortunately he is not a real play-maker and his passes are predictable and easy to intercept.
Wingers Sunu and Jouffre receive little to no help so their actions down the flanks are often disappointing and end up in lost possession.
In defense Lorient are a bit slow and can often be outplayed, especially on the flanks where fullbacks Gassama and Guerreiro are of less than average value.
Central defender Lautoa is doubtful and may once again miss.
Great performance from PSG last round in-front of Bordeuax (won 3-0). Midfielders Motta, Matuidi and Verratti were very lively, created a wall whenever opponents tried to advance and delivered ingenious passes for the attacking players.
Wingers Pastore and Lucas are also in top form and should easily outplay Lorient’s mediocre fullbacks. Pastore versus Gassama will definitely be the key battle that can decide the outcome of the game.
PSG will miss fullback van der Wiel due to suspension, but replacement Aurier is a reliable player. On the other hand PSG will welcome back forward Cavani after he was suspended last week.
Even if they are lowly improving Lorient still have a long way to go until chemistry will reach a normal level, a level that is necessary for survival in Ligue1… PSG -1 at 1.91
UPDATE: Lorient will again miss captain Lautoa. Marquinhos is back after injury and will take David Luiz’s pace in the squad (injured)
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Pedrinho, Wachter, Bellugou, Koné, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Abdullah, Mostefa, Mesloub, Sunu, Jouffre, Lavigne, De.Bouanga – Robert, Ayew, Jeannot.
PSG: Sirigu, Douchez – Aurier, Z.Camara, Marquinhos, Digne, Maxwell, Thiago Silva – Cabaye, Chantôme, Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore, Thiago Motta – Lavezzi, Bahebeck, Lucas, Cavani