Nantes opened the score very early last week against Bordeaux and abandoned all offensive intentions. They had attacking problems the entire season and when there is no will the game is played only in midfield.
Nantes ended up losing 2-1 after a dull game in which players were focused mostly on the defensive aspect and most of the opportunities came after long balls thrown inside the penalty box.
Attacking midfielder Veretout is the only one above average at Nantes and given his young age (only 22) he should receive some serious transfer offers pretty soon.
Hosts will welcome back defensive midfielder Gomis.
Lorient got 7 points from the last 3 rounds and are now 5 points clear the relegation zone. Recently they became away from home specialists with 2 consecutive victories (over Marseille and Metz) and 9 goals scored… This is quite an achievement considering they used to score exactly 1 goal per game so far.
Recently Lorient are one the most efficient sides in Ligue1 as they manage to convert all their opportunities. Confidence is also at high levels after the convincing wins.
Especially offensive players are in excellent form and even if goals have also been scored by midfielders and defenders, forwards are the ones creating spaces and dragging opponents after them.
Guests have the upper hand in this encounter but it will be difficult against an opponent that doesn’t attack much and doesn’t open up. Most probably Lorient will try to adapt to Nantes rythm and in the end both sides will be happy splitting the points.
UPDATE: Nantes welcome back defender Djilobodji but will miss forward Bessat who is suspended. Lorient will have to do without forward Jeannot
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – I.Cissokho, Djidji, Djilobodji, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo, K.Hansen – Deaux, Dubois, R.Gomis, Nkoudou, Rongier, Veretout – Audel, Bammou, Gakpé, Is.Bangoura
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Pedrinho, L.Koné, Lautoa, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Barthelmé, Mesloub, Ndong, Mostefa, Abdullah, Jouffre, Philippoteaux – J.Ayew, Bruno