Lorient vs Montpellier by Sors
Lorient: Lecomte – Moreira, Ciani, Toure, Le Goff – Marveaux, Mvuemba, Bellugou, Barthelme – Mara, Waris
Montpellier: Jourdren – Borre, Hilton, Saint-Ruf, Roussillon – Shkiri, Sessegnon, Lasne, Boudebouz, Camara – Mounie
Interim coach Franck Haise remains in charge of Lorient after Rolland Courbis declined club’s offer in the midweek.
The hosts are struggling mightily in early season, having recorded just two wins in the previous ten rounds (2-0-8 6/16).One of those two victories came against fellow strugglers Lille on Sept. 17 (1-0/home), while the other against Lyon on Sept. 24 (1-0/home), but in a moment when Lyon had to play important match against Sevilla in the Champions League only three days after that game.
Lorient’s attack seems to be Achilles’ heel of this team since the beginning of the new season, as the hosts have scored fewer goals compared to any other teams in this league with the exception of Nancy.
However, Lorient failed to score just once in its last five games against Lyon (1-0/home), Nice (1-2/away), Nantes (1-2/home), Dijon (0-1/away) and Rennes on Wednesday (2-3/away – League Cup) and even though the hosts will be without their top scorer Benjamin Moukandjo (f / 8+4), I think that they will manage to create enough good scoring opportunities against an opponent with a shaky defense like Montpellier.Cafu (m / 8+0), Jimmy Cabot (m / 6+1) and Romain Philippoteaux (m / 7+0) are also out due to injuries, while Benjamin Jeannot (f / 2+0) is suspended.
In the matter of fact, Montpellier is not doing much better, as the guests are on the edge of the relegation zone, with only ten points after ten rounds (2-4-4 14/23).
Montpellier’s defense is undoubtedly the worst in the league, as this team conceded a total of 23 goals in eleven competitive games this season and managed to keep clean sheet only twice in this period.
On the other hand, the guests have scored at least one goal in each of their previous six away games against St. Etienne (1-3), Guingamp (1-1), Lyon (1-5), Dijon (3-3), Monaco (2-6) and Laval on Wednesday (2-0 – League Cup).Daniel Congre (d / 7+1), William Remy (d / 7+0), Yacouba Sylla (m / 7+0) and Casimir Ninga (f / 9+5) will miss the visit to Stade du Moustoir due to injuries.
I expect both teams to score in this match.
|btts||10bet||1.87||8||2-2 WON (+6.96 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.