Our prediction for this Coupe de la Ligue match:
Toulouse will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Montpellier when they host Lorient at their Stadium de Toulouse on Wednesday evening. Toulouse have been struggling at the back of late and it has to be noted that they conceded seven goals in total in previous two league fixtures. Les Pitchouns are determined to put an end to their seven-game winless run and, no doubt, they want this win more than Lorient. Les Merlus, on the other hand, are eager to return to the French top flight and, no doubt, they are fully focused on Ligue 2 matches in the 2018/2019 season. In their last meeting at Stadium de Toulouse les Pitchouns emerged triumphant and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. A man to watch in the home side will be Ivory Coast international Max Gradel, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Baptiste Reynet):
Baptiste Reynet is a goalkeeper who was born in Romans, France on October 28, 1990. After playing for the likes of Moursoise and Valence at youth level, he joined Martigue football academy in 2007. The 185-cm-tall shoot-stopper made 53 appearances for the Martigues first team and in 2011 he moved to Dijon.
Baptiste Reynet was producing fine performances with the Mustards in the 2012/2013 Ligue 2 campaign and, as a result, Lorient chiefs decided to bring him to Stade du Moustoir. Reynet, though, played only six games for les Merlus in the French top flight as he was loaned back to Dijon after only one year at Lorient.
The French goalkeeper impressed in the 2015/2016 Ligue 2 campaign and it has to be noted that he made 17 clean sheets in the process. Baptiste Reynet, who has established himself as a first-choice shoot-stopper at Dijon has a contract with the club which expired on June 30, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Lorient):
Founded back in 1926, Lorient is a French football club that competes in Ligue 1. Les Merlus have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they did well to go all the way in the Coupe de France in the 2001/02 season. In the title game, Lorient defeated Bastia thanks to Jean-Claude Darcheville’s goal.
The same season les Merlus made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Bordeaux proved to be a big catch (0-3) for them in the title game. Lorient welcome their rivals at Stade du Moustoir, the stadium which can hold up to 16,392 spectators. The colour of the team’s home shirt is orange with a little black on it, while white is the dominant colour of their away jersey. In the 2002/03 season Lorient represented France in European competitions.
Les Merlus, though, failed to impress on their debut in the UEFA Cup as they were beaten by Denizlispor in the round 1 double-header.