Nice made a decent game last round away at St Etienne (1-1 draw). For quite some time already Nice are deficient upfront and score only after set pieces or agglomerations inside the box.
Against St Etienne for example they’ve scored after a free-kick. Striker Cvitanich will most likely miss once again, but even if he would have been fit, he is severely out-of-form since 2014 began.
The offensive problems could increase seeing that young Bosetti suffered an injury and will miss for the rest of the season. He is no exponential player, but because of his vivacity and skills Nice could have applied pressure on opponents. Without Bosetti they seem apathetic.
Central midfielder Digard will miss through suspension, while another central midfielder Traore is highly doubtful.
Last round Lorient started the game against Evian in force, took the lead early in the game, still created pressure but got superficial when it came to applying the finishing touch, and could not get more than 1 point in the end (finished 1-1). Not being consistent in efforts seems to be Lorient’s major weakness, especially after the same scenario happened 2 weeks ago at Reims (also drew 1-1).
It is really a shame as Lorient have a couple of talented players who are simply going to waste.
Most likely Lorient will still miss central defender Lautoa. The offensive phase will also be affected as winger Jouffre suffered an injury and will sit out.
Hard to foresee how this game will develop and who will be the ones imposing the rythm. Both sides have clear weaknesses and it remains to be seen if they will simply cancel each-other out in a physical encounter or one of them will come out on top.
UPDATE: Nice’s midfielder Traore is out.
Nice: Hassen, Ospina – Amavi, Bodmer, Genevois, Kolodziejczak, Palun, G.Puel – Abriel, Brüls, Albert, Eysseric, N.Mendy, Pied – Bauthéac, Bruins, Honorat, Maupay
Lorient: Audard, Chaigneau – L.Koné, Ecuele Manga, Guerreiro, Baca, Gassama – Bourillon, S.Diallo, Coutadeur, Sunu, B.Pelé, Monnet-Paquet, Al.Traoré, Doukouré – F.Robert, Aboubakar, Aliadière