Last year Monaco were never a real candidate for winning the title and this season won’t be any different especially since play-maker Rodriguez left.
Besides Rodriguez, Monaco also lost a coupe of other important players like keeper Romero, defender Abidal, forward Riviere and midfielder Obbadi.
There are no comparison terms between the players that arrived and the ones that left. Although they still have enough quality, Monaco are definitely weaker than last season and nothing guarantees another ticket for Champions League, especially with Marseille and Lyon looking way better than last year.
Hosts will miss fullback Raggi due to suspension but he would have been only a substitute anyway.
Lorient were only average in the friendlies played so far. In the transfer window they lost 3 important players and pretty soon they will realize those players were actually irreplaceable: striker Aliadiere, central midfielder Bourillon and winger Monnet-Paquet.
The department primarily affected is the offense where Lorient thought they can compensate by transferring-in Jordan Ayew. He is a decent player but can’t be compared by any means with Aliadiere, or with Monnet-Paquet if he will play on the flank.
They have also tried to strengthen, or better said enlarge the midfield and transferred-in 4 players from Ligue2, most of them of questionable value and only one having decent potential, Algerian attacking midfielder Wesloub.
Lorient will miss central defender Ecuele Manga (important) and forward Jordan Ayew both of them suspended.
Even without Rodriguez, Monaco still have enough power to fully control this game and open up Lorient’s defense more than once. Monaco -1.25 at 1.96
UPDATE: For Monaco newly arrived Stekelenburg is not qualified to play yet. Besides the suspended players, Lorient will also miss defenders Gassama and Lautoa (key) and winger Barthelme, all of them injured.
Monaco: Caillard, Subasic – R.Carvalho, Abdennour, Ab.Diallo, Fabinho, Kurzawa, Echiejile – T.Bakayoko, Moutinho, Kondogbia, Toulalan, Ferreira-Carrasco, Ocampos, Dirar – Berbatov, Falcao, Germain, A.Martial
Lorient: Audard, Lecomte – Pedrinho, L.Koné, Guerreiro, Wachter, Le Goff, Ch.Touré – Coutadeur, Abdullah, B.Pelé, Jouffre, Mesloub, Sunu, Mulumba – Aboubakar, S.Diallo, Jeannot, Lavigne