Although they are next to each-other in the table, these teams are at opposite ends when it comes to…everything.
First of all Lorient should be much more energetic seeing their game last round got postponed, while Toulouse even had to play a midweek game that turned out to be a major disappointment for them (lost 3-1 vs Bastia, on home ground).
Secondly the performances in the field are at opposite ends. Lorient have a solid defense and offensive players with high levels of creativity, while opponents Toulouse have maybe the most uninspired forwards in Ligue1 (starting with Braithwaite who is dragging the team down) and a defense unable to cope with fast paced actions.
The third factor heavily favoring Lorient is the confidence picked up so far in 2014.
Both teams will welcome back a couple of important players. For Lorient keeper Audard and winger Barthelme could be starters after missing a couple of rounds. Toulouse’s coach Casanova was forced to improvise last round against Bastia as he had no less than 3 players suspended. Now all of them will return, Aurier, Akpa-Akpro and Didot. Wingers Aurier and Akpa-Akpro will help Toulouse resume their usual game based on creating actions on the flanks. Sadly for Toulouse that can’t be enough for opening up Lorient, especially with players like Braithwaite at the receiving end…
On the other hand Toulouse will have to do without play-maker Chantome who got a red card against Bastia. Chantome is not really in-form as he’s been injured for quite some time. But he was slowly picking up rythm and this suspension will only delay that.
Football is anything but logic, especially French football, otherwise we would all be millionaires… but when all factors point towards a certain outcome a bet with high stakes must follow. Odds of 2.05 for Lorient to win simply must be taken.