Although they only lost 1-0 Lorient were dominated for most of the game last week away at Montpellier and they barely had one decent opportunity.
Chemistry is at low levels, players don’t understand each-other, their game is rusty, they only rely on midfielder Coutadeur for delivering assists and so on and so forth…
There are also many problems in defense, starting with Portuguese fullback Guerreiro who is very distracted lately and can be easily overrun, and continuing with central defenders Kone and Lautoa who are both out-of-form. Kone is completely demoralized as he made one of the worst games of his life last week with Ivory Coast (Cameroon – Ivory Coast 4-1) followed by an own goal in Montpellier – Lorient 1-0. The other central defender Lautoa only returned from injury and appeared to be slow and out-of rythm. Furthermore right fullback Gassama suffered an injury and missed some training sessions. He is doubtful at the moment.
Reims got their first win of the season last week against Toulouse (won 2-0). Reims took the lead very early and concentrated on killing the game afterwards. To be honest I didn’t think they will succeed but the new central defense Roberge – Conte looked very stable and rejected all incoming danger.
Upfront things also looked better for Reims, as they are more active now with newly arrived Ngog who managed to score at his debut. His confidence skyrocketed and we should expect an impressive performance from him this round.
Reims made an intelligent game and stood their ground without much problems.
Things should look pretty much the same against Lorient who will try to impose the rythm on home ground. In-form and confident Reims should be able to take advantage of Lorient’s lack of chemistry. Reims +0.75 at 2.21
UPDATE: Lorient welcome back midfielders Traore and Mesloub after injury.
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Le Goff, Guerreiro, L.Koné, Lautoa, Bellugou, Gassama – Mostefa, Coutadeur, Abdullah, Mesloub, B.Pelé, Sunu, Lavigne – Jeannot, A.Ayew, Al.Traoré
Reims: gassa, Placide – Conte, Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred, Mavinga, Roberge, C.Glombard – Albaek, Devaux, Bourillon, Fortes, Diego – Charbonnier, Courtet, Moukandjo, Ngog