Even if Sochaux lost away at Monaco they somehow confirmed the good moment by making a decent game (Monaco won 2-1).
There’s no coincidence that Sochaux’s good moment started when coach Renard guaranteed offensive player Roudet a place in the lineup. At 32 Roudet is an experienced versatile midfielder, who can easily shift the game from one wing to the other or in the center.
The level of creativity received a major boost when Roudet began to start in every game. Sadly for Sochaux he is suspended this round, just like forward Jordan Ayew.
In these conditions Bakambu will start for sure upfront. He can be quite annoying as he plays around with chances. He afforded to, so far, but now the balls for him will be fewer without Roudet.
In defense they look better than about a month ago, but whenever offensive players fail to do their task the entire team suffers.
Lorient were once again superficial upfront last round against St Etienne (won 1-0). Although they created enough dangerous chances, Lorient could only score from a penalty in the last moments of the game.
Strikers Aliadiere and Aboubakar are active, they get involved in the game, but lack lucidity when applying the final touch. They may need a break and in Aboubakar’s case that break may be forced, as he suffered an injury and is highly doubtful.
Besides the wasted chances Lorient deserve to be praised in every aspect. Wingers are happy to take initiative and build actions, central midfielders participate in both the defensive and the offensive phase, and defenders managed to keep a clear head for 90 minutes (unlike previous games).
Sochaux will need more than a few shy attempts from Bakambu to score against Lorient. Lorient DNB at 1.94
UPDATE: Lorient will welcome back Reale and Coutadeur after injury.
Lorient: Audard, Chaigneau – Baca, Lautoa, Ecuele Manga, L.Koné, Gassama, Pedrinho – Abdullah, Monnet-Paquet, Doukouré, Bourillon, Jouffre, Al.Traoré, S.Diallo, Reale, Coutadeur – Aliadière, F.Robert
Sochaux: Cros, Y.Pelé – Faussurier, Carlão, Sunzu, L.Zouma, Marange, Corchia, C.Kanté – Ilaimaharitra, Doubaï, Contout, Sinkala, Malsa, Prcic, Boukari – Bakambu, Mayuka, Frau, Butin