Last week Lorient conceded in the first minute and had difficulties in getting back in the game. Both sides finished the game in 10 and split points after a balanced encounter (2-2 vs Guingamp).
Lorient’s biggest weakness is the lack of a talented attacking minded central midfielder. They have extremely skilled players on the flanks and upfront, but in center midfield all players are defensive minded and reluctant to participate in the offensive phase. Actually Lorient have two sets of skilled wingers who are in constant competition for making the lineup.
Lorient are forced to build actions mostly down the flanks, and opponents understand their strategy only after a couple of minutes into the game.
Hosts will have to do without suspended forward Waris.
Another defeat for Troyes last week and although they seem to have increased rythm results are still negative (lost 1-0 against Lyon).
Troyes may have realized that the only way for them to survive in Ligue1 is to make extra efforts each round. They are limited in resources so hard work is actually the only thing that can help them win points. But sadly until now this strategy failed them.
Troyes will miss a couple of important players in comparison to last week. Forward Jean, defensive midfielder Ayasse and defenders Mavinga and Pereira are all suspended.
Out of form, low on confidence and down on luck, Troyes have no chance away at Lorient. Lorient -1.00 at 2.26
UPDATE: Lorient will once again miss defender Lautoa
Lorient : Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, L.Koné, Paye, Z.Touré, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Philippoteaux, Jouffre, Ndong, Abdullah, Bellugou, Barthelmé, Mesloub, Lavigne, M.Fofana – Moukandjo, Jeannot, Gakpa
Troyes: Troyes: Bernardoni, Petric – Confait, M.Dabo, J.Martial, Ngcongca, Veskovac – Azamoum, Camus, Court, Darbion, Karaboué, Nivet, Pi, Thiago – Bienvenu, Cabot, Perea