Lorient vs Lille: the French champion to enter the break in top form:Lorient lost only 1 match in the championship, scoring 5 points, and the only victory was the home game against Monaco (1-0). The club tried to strengthen their defense In the summer transfer window, and the same rookie Igor Silva, who had played for Croatian Osijek, began in the starting lineup. That didn’t solve any problems, and it was a great stroke of luck for Lorient to get 7th place in the standings. As for the lineup in the upcoming game, Stéphane Diarra, Loris Mouyokolo and Jérémy Morel are still out injured.
Christophe Pélissier’s team drew with Lens 2-2 away before the international break. Lorient frequently shot from a long distance, with one attempt from outside the penalty box turning out a goal. In fact, the team had only one goal chance, while the opponents were sharper and should’ve done more. Despite two missed goals, Paul Nardi the goalkeeper did his best to save 7 balls and literally prevented Lorient from another conceded goal a couple of times.
After Christophe Galtier stepped down as head coach of Lille, the fans had enough reasons to worry about. It was the previous head coach who created Les Dogues’ playing style and won the league title, and whether Jocelyn Gourvennec will be able to do it is questionable. Meanwhile, the good news is that the club has retained the main core of players, and with this squad, you can fight for medals, though it will not be easy. Only Renato Sanches is not playing due to injury and he is most likely to be replaced by Xeka.
Jocelyn Gourvennec’s team entered Ligue 1 with 2 draws and 1 defeat, and before the international break, they played their best match of the season and deservedly beat Montpellier 2-1. The modest advantage on the scoreboard can be misleading: Lille created many dangerous chances, and Burak Yılmaz alone could well have had a double or a hat-trick. Amadou Onana, the newcomer to the club, also missed a good opportunity in the end, and the main heroes of the game were Jonathan David and Yusuf Yazıcı, scoring one goal each. The opponent, on the other hand, created only one scoring chance; anyway, Lille did great in defense.
In the last encounter against Lorient, Lille played without their top scorer, Burak Yılmaz, but Les Dogues still won 4-1 away. In total, Lorient has had 3 wins and suffered 7 defeats in their 10 previous encounters, keeping a thirteen-game unbeaten streak.
Lorient never lost in 10 home games, winning 7 of them;
Lille won 5 of their last 10 away matches;
Lorient conceded a total of 6 goals in 4 rounds of Ligue 1.