Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Bordeaux and Lorient go head to head at Matmut Atlantique in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Saturday’s program. Bordeaux kicked off 2021 with a goalless draw with Metz, but it has to be noted that they failed to turn their dominance into goals. Les Girondins suffered back-to-back defeats to St. Etienne and Reims in the previous two home games in the Ligue 1, but they are surely capable of matching Lorient on home soil.
Both Ben Arfa and Poundje are likely to miss the game with injuries, while Mexer has been left out of the squad. Les Merlus, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-2 loss to Monaco. Lorient conceded ten goals in total in the previous three league matches, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Bordeaux’s party at Matmut Atlantique. The likes of Fontaine, Mendes, and Saunier are out of contention through injuries, while Delaplace is banned.
Highlighted Player (Mexer):
Edson Andre Sitoe “Mexer”, who was born in Maputo, Mozambique on September 8, 1988, began his senior career at Desportivo Maputo and he scored three goals in 97 appearances for the club. Mexer played for his home-town club from 2006 to 2010 and in the winter of 2010 he joined Portuguese side Sporting for a fee of €173,000.
The Mozambique centre-back was quickly loaned to Olhanense and it has to be noted that he made 39 appearances for the Primeira Liga club in the league. In 2012 he was sold to fellow Portuguese outfit Nacional and after playing 57 league games for the club, Mexer moved to France. The 187-cm-tall footballer signed a contract with Rennes in January, 2014 and he has been playing for les Rouges et Noirs ever since.
Mexer made his debut for Mozambique national team in 2007 and he represented Os Mambas at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. He scored his first goal for Mozambique in a 5-0 win over South Sudan in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
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.