Lorient vs Niort (By: Alcuni)
Lorient – Niort
Lorient seems to be in a slight decrease of shape, losing their tempo lately. No win in last 3 rounds but due to overall results they remain on a playoff spot, 5th with 30 points, 4 less than 2nd spot. They were close to take a win in last home game versus Lens, having a comfortable lead at some point in game 2-0, but finished 2-2. In that game, Lens were the better team Lorient taking advantage of some poor play of Lens players. In last game in championship, they traveled at Auxerre and finished once again draw, 0-0, after a game with enough chances to score for both, but with Lorient closer to the win. Perhaps the winter break will come for Lorient at the right time due their evolutions.
No doubt, Niort is one of the pleasant surprise of the first part of the season. They are sitting currently on 6th spot just behind Lorient, with same number of points but with a poor goal difference (+5 versus +9 Lorient). Keeping in mind, they lost many starters prior to the start of the season we can say they overachieved this season. A key in their evolution were also coach Lair, who unfortunately for them left them couple of days before this game. Perhaps a big loss but not irreplaceable. Remains to see how they will cope in the remaining 2 rounds from this year. Plenty of under for Niort this season, almost half of the games played so far being under 1.5 goals (8 in total). Conte will miss this trip.
Maybe now is overish time for Niort. Lorient is a team who attack and can be punished by Niort. Let’s hope for an open game with goals in it so back over 2.5 goals. gl
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Lorient vs Niort prediction
|Over 2.5||Pinnacle||2.21||8||1-1 LOST (-8 units)|