Lorient defended admirably last week away at Marseille and managed to win an important point even if they missed two key players, defender Lautoa and forward Waris (finished 1-1).
Although Lorient focused mostly on the defensive phase, once in a while they still tried to surprise opponents on counters and maybe would have scored more if Waris would have been available. According to latest reports it seems that Waris will be available for this game.
Maybe the biggest let down so far at Lorient is the way winger Gueereiro performs. Last season Guerreiro was maybe the most important player in the squad but nowadays he barely makes the team. He is extremely talented but it seems he lacks confidence and form in this moment.
Lorient will welcome back midfielder Abdullah and fullback Gassama after suspension.
Without keeper Costil and defender Mexer (both of them injured) Rennes suffer defensively and this was extremely visible last round when they were up against the most prolific attack in the tournament (lost 4-1 vs Nice).
Opponents easily reached Rennes’ penalty box and had no problems in converting most of their chances. Rennes’ fullbacks Moreira and Baal didn’t knew what hit and had to be substituted early in the 2nd half after poor performances.
Last round Rennes had to do without important forward Ntep who he is once again doubtful.
It seems that Lorient have the upper hand here but Rennes are no mugs and can always make surprise regardless their defensive issues. Lorient may consider this the perfect opportunity for getting the three points and may rush forward leaving too many open spaces.
UPDATE: Great news for Lorient as they welcoem back forward Waris and important defender Lautoa. Rennes will have to do without key winger Ntep
LORIENT: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Lautoa, Koné, Touré, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Barthelmé, Mesloub, Ndong, Abdullah, Jouffre, Philippoteaux, Lavigne – Moukandjo, Waris.
RENNES: A.Diallo, Sorin – Zeffane, S.Armand, Pedro Mendes, S.Moreira, F.Diagne, Baal, C.M’Bengue, Danzé – B.André, A.Doucouré, Y.Sylla, G.Fernandes, J. Quintero – Grosicki, G.Sio, Boga