In-spite losing 3-1 Lorient had a decent performance last round away at PSG. Furthermore with ten minutes to go the score was 1-1 and only a penalty helped PSG make the difference (the 3rd goal arrived late in extra-time).
Lorient will welcome back key winger Guerreiro after injury and he will definitely boost the overall strength.
Results are alternating and don’t really reflect it but Lorient are doing quite good recently with forwards Ayew and Jeannot and winger Guerreiro in top form. With the 3 mentioned players in good confidence Lorient can definitely find the net against most Ligue1 sides.
The defense is also decent and has an acceptable level of organization even if sometimes players are caught on the wrong foot.
Rennes dominated last round against Nantes but all the possession and the struggle were in vain as they didn’t have enough resources to find the net. Only 2 or 3 real scoring opportunities in 90 minutes aren’t enough for making the difference.
Also Rennes fail to be constant in efforts for the entire game and are happy to withdraw in defense and abandon the fight. This happens mostly when they score first but also when playing away after a couple of minutes of continuous possession.
This is suicidal as Rennes’ defense is not that solid especially as of late when only keeper’s Costil reflexes prevented Rennes from conceding more.
This will be a balanced game but guests’ moments of weakness could be easily exploited by skilled forwards Ayew and Jeannot who will be extra motivated considering Lorient’s position in the table. Lorient -0.5 at 2.08
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Pedrinho, Lautoa, L.Koné, Le Goff, Bellugou, Guerreiro – Barthelmé, Mostefa, Ndong, Abdullah, Mesloub, Jouffre, Philippoteaux – J.Ayew, Jeannot, Bruno
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – Mexer, S.Armand, Moreira, Danzé, M’Bengue – B.André, Brüls, G.Fernandes, Doucouré, Prcic, Konradsen – Habibou, P.Henrique, Toivonen, Ntep, Grosicki