Montpellier vs Lorient by Lucien
Too many ups and downs were seen in the performance of Montpellier in the previous round, when the team welcomed Monaco and in the end stood without points in a 2:3 loss. However, they had an exceptional first halftime where the hosts managed to take 2:0 lead thanks to goals from Congre in 26th and an own goal near the end of the halftime, however they looked like completely another team in the repetition.
Monaco played very strongly in the second half, reduced the deficit in 56th minute via Coentrao and equalized in 65th thanks to a goal from Lemar, to see the team taking all three points in fifth minute of additional time when Fabinho scored from the penalty kick. With this defeat, team now has only one point out of seven rounds, being locked at the rock bottom position and three points below the safe zone. Atmosphere continues to be ugly in the team, as the pressure from their fans grows, so the team has no other solution but to look for all three points against Lorient today. Coach Rolland Courbis still can't count at important players such as midfielders Morgan Sanson, James Saihi, goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourden (2/0) and right back Mathieu Deplagne (7/0) all out due injuries. In case of a negative result, this can easily be the last game for coach Courbis.
Lorient, on the other side, comes from a 2:0 home victory against Caen in the previous round. They were better in the first halftime, took double lead with two set pieces and goals from Moukandjo in 13th and Waris in 36th and have cleaned up the game from that moment on. Few things were changed in the second half, but the players of Lorient had no problem to keep the lead and keep the clean sheet as well, with the visiting side not being particularly threatening.
It could be said that the players of Lorient are now in a great form, as the team continues to play in uptrend and have now three consecutive victories. They are already in the middle of the table which surely is their target as the team has eleven points earned so far, being seven points above the relegation zone. In the previous game on the road they defeated Monaco 3:2 and surely that the target is to continue with positive results, even though the team would probably accept a point as well without much disappointment. Visitors can't count at injured forward Benjamin Jeannot (6/2), while offensive midfielder Walid Mesloub (5/0) remains questionable with a minor injury problem.
Home victory has no value at all, but the players of Montpellier are anyway not to be trusted. However, knowing that they need to attack from the first minute, I expect similar number of goals as in the game against Monaco. Odds on over are too good to be missed this time.