Just like last round, hosts will once again have big problems in defense. Even when they are at full strength there are visible issues at the back, but with several defensive players out it will be much tougher than usual.
Defensive midfielder Jerome Rothen is still injured and that is a major set back for both the defense and the offense. Defenders Cioni and Marchal are doubtful and will most probably miss once again. On top of that they have 2 new suspensions: defender Marque and midfielder Cahuzac. They will be using an improvised defense (just like last round away at Brest).
However upfront they will be able to function almost normally, relying on forward Modeste and wingers Maoulida and Khazri. Now don’t make a wrong impression here, they aren’t some kind of scarecrows for defenders, but they are dangerous enough to pose threat to a team like Lorient is.
Lorient’s defense changes from game to game. It seems that no matter the choices, coach Gourcuff just can’t find that perfect formula, maybe because all the alternatives at his disposal aren’t skilled enough. In the other half of the field they are able to run at normal parameters, with many dangerous actions down the flanks, where they have agile players.
Once again the defense will be changed, but this time because of necessity, as defenders Lautoa (suspended), Le Lan (injured) and Mareque (injured) are out.
With soft and improvised defenses for both sides it will be almost impossible to foresee how this game will develop. But one thing is for sure, there will be so many goals we may eventually lose track… Lorient may have a small advantage here, as their upper half of the team is more valuable in comparison to the hosts.