It’s kind of hard to determine Valenciennes’ form seeing they played only 1 Ligue1 game so far in 2014.
That one game was played against Bastia. Opponents were a bit apathetic so Valenciennes started in force. They were 3-0 up after 1 hour but came under domination for most of the 2nd half (ended 3-2).
[restrict paid=true level=1] Besides dedication there was nothing impressive about Valenciennes in that game. They had 2 new players in the lineup, central defender Medjani and forward Waris.
Medjani was a bit hesitant, especially near the end of the game when he looked real tired. Forward Waris managed to score, and even if the goal was nothing special it could boost his confidence and speed up his integration in the group.
Unfortunately for Valenciennes they were not able to take advantage of the good result against Bastia and build some form. Last round’s game against Marseille was postponed so Valencienens haven’t seen some official action for 2 weeks now.
Once again Valenciennes should rely mostly on forward / winger Dossevi for creating chances or finishing. He is a talented player and picked up confidence lately but his performances are always alternating from one extreme to the other.
For Lorient the game against Guingamp last round was child’s play. They were 2-0 up early in the game and lost all interest after that.
At half time keeper Chaigneau (2nd keeper) got injured and was substituted by Reynet (3rd keeper). At that point Lorient concentrated mainly on not allowing Guingamp to have any attempts on target, they successfully killed the game.
Now both first 2 keepers Audard and Chaigneau will return from injury.
Defensively Lorient are rock solid. Lautoa plays as central defender in this 2nd part of the season (was a central midfielder before the winter break). This change offers assurance at the back and in the same time allows Lorient to better exploit the offensive potential (because Traore who is more offensive minded plays as central midfielder).
Upfront all offensive players are in good form. Wingers Jouffre and Monnet-Paquet are very active and always happy to engage in fast paced actions with forwards Aliadiere and Aboubakar. Actions in speed carried on the flanks are actually Lorient’s strongest point. Forward Aboubakar may also be extra motivated seeing that Valencienens is his former club.
Winger Barthelme is still injured, but by now his absence can go unnoticed…
Just like they did against Guingamp, I believe Lorient have what it takes to destroy everything Valenciennes will try to build. With all offensive players in good form, sooner or later guests can find the net.
Bookies made a mistake in compiling the odds, at 1.75 the value is definitely on Lorient +0.25. Medium confidence.[/restrict]