PSG stretched bettors’ nerves to maximum last round when they managed to get only a draw away at St Etienne (2-2).
Central defender Marquinhos was undoubtedly the worst player on the field and the author of both errors that led to St Etienne’s goals. Prior to that game he was selected in Brazil’s national team for the first time. He is still very young and yet to build his character so all the fame and glory got to his head. He lost control over his own actions and as a consequence teammates made extra efforts to get that draw, when instead they should have won easily. Of course Marquinhos having achieved “success” at such a young age is yet to apologize for his disastrous performance…meaning the situation will most probably repeat, especially with central defender Silva being still injured.
But on the other hand PSG were very fired up in their attempts to level with St Etienne. Everybody took part in the offensive phase and the determination could easily be seen in their movements and attitude (except Marquinhos of course…)
Pastore and Jallet could be back but there’s nothing sure at this moment. To be honest their presence couldn’t change much, maybe only Jallet who could offer a bit more stability on the right side.
Opponents Lorient lost their midweek Cup game away at Nantes (and ruined my 30 odds accumulator…). The game was balanced but playing with many reserves proved to be decisive.
In central midfield Lorient played with two 19 years old and they still did good.
Important players like striker Aliadiere, midfielders Lautoa and Traore or defender Ecuele Manga were left to rest. I believe I’ve mentioned this before in another preview but ‘ll repeat myself: whenever Lorient plays with both Traore and Aliadiere the offensive potential simply skyrockets.
Winger Jouffre and midfielder Coutadeur are injured but coach Gourcuff has enough decent options.
Without doubts the weakest compartment is the defense. Even if defenders Ecuele Manga and Baca (suspended in the Cup) will return, Lorient still lacks mobility and intuition when it comes to defending. They can be surprised by easy and normal crosses, not to mention through balls or short repetitive passes.
This game against PSG will be a nightmare for Lorient’s defense, especially if PSG will show the same determination as against St Etienne.
On the other hand with Marquinhos playing for the Parisians, Aliadiere can always find the net for Lorient, especially if the ball is being handed to him on a silver platter.
I believe in an open game, with many chances created, many defensive errors and a goal feast. Don’t hesitate in taking over 3 goals at the price of 2.09
UPDATE: Ibrahimovic is out due to injury, but that doesn’t change the bet or the stakes. Still over 3 goals.
*on a side note Lorient’s supporters announced a boycott and won’t head to Paris to support their team, as they are protesting against the high prices for away fans. The average in France is somewhere around 10 EUR while in Paris is 30 – 35 EUR. If in Qatar immigrants are treated like non-humans and physically exploited until their final breath, in Paris the Qatari owners adapted to the state sponsored capitalist democracy and try to financially exploit incoming fans. Kudos to Lorient’s fans, and all fans of Ligue1 teams should do the same, even QSG fans (Qatar Saint Germain…)