Lorient proved once again they simply can’t be consistent for the entire 90 minutes. Last round against Bastia they took the lead in the first half and thought it would be enough to secure the 3 points.
The final result (1-1) left a bitter taste, but unfortunately it won’t serve as a lesson, because it is not the first time it’s happening.
Forwards are very active but keep on missing incredible chances and teammates get more frustrated as round goes by.
The high level of chemistry is most probably Lorient’s strongest point. Especially the offensive play has an impressive fluidity but they lack efficiency when it comes to converting chances.
It will be harder for Lorient this week because winger Barthelme suffered an injury and will sit out. On the other hand they will welcome back central midfielder Traore after suspension. This will allow Jouffre to take Barthelme’s place on the wing, but he is slower and not that creative.
If you recently watched St Etienne playing you probably realized they have problems in penetrating opponents’ penalty box. Sometimes they don’t even try anymore and rely solely on long range attempts. Corners play a big part of their offensive phase (most long range shots end up in corners), and by now they seem to have a different plan for every corner. They keep on scoring so this strategy works for them.
Maybe now with offensive players Erdinc and Gradel picking up some form (both of them scored in midweek international games) they will have more options and take in consideration pushing the play closer to the net.
In comparison to last round St Etienne should welcome back attacking midfielder Corgnet. He plays a key role, especially when it comes to long distance shots.
Guests are in a better moment, have more confidence and even motivation (when it comes to objectives). Lorient’s inability to perform at the same level for the entire game will be a major setback once again. St Etienne DNB at 1.92
UPDATE: Lorient finally welcome back keeper Audard.
Lorient: Reynet, Chaigneau, Audard – Baca, Lautoa, Ecuele Manga, Gassama, Pedrinho – B.Pelé, Sunu, Abdullah, Monnet-Paquet, Doukouré, Bourillon, Jouffre, Al.Traoré – S.Diallo, Aboubakar, Aliadière
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Perrin, Brison, K.Zouma, Bayal, Trémoulinas, F.Pogba – Cohade, Guilavogui, Lemoine, Clément, Corgnet – Tabanou, Hamouma, Erding, Brandao, Mollo, Gradel