Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Brest play host to Lorient at their Stade Francis-Le Ble on day 10 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Pirates are stuck in the relegation zone with only six points in their pocket, with the team obviously struggling at the back. Brest are desperate to register their first home win of the process, but they face a difficult task in Sunday’s encounter. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Islam Slimani, who opened his goal-scoring account in a 1-1 draw with Auxerre, while both Steve Mounie and Noah Fadiga should miss out with injuries.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, did well to upset Lille with ten men on the field. Lorient are on a five-game winning run in the French top flight, and given Brest’s shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the in-form visitors. Keep in mind, though, that talented forward Dango Ouattara is banned for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Steve Mounié):
Steve Mounie is a Beninese footballer who plays for Huddersfield Town as a striker. Mounie is a product of Montpellier youth academy and, as a result, he was given a chance to prove his worth in the blue and orange shirt in Ligue 1 at senior level.
After scoring 14 goals in 37 appearances for la Paillade in the French elite division, the 190-cm-tall attacker moved to Huddersfield Town in 2017, but it has to be noted that he spent the 2015/2016 season at Nimes as a loan player. Steve Mounie signed a four-year deal with the Terriers and he made his competitive debut for the club on August 12, 2017, scoring a brace in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The attacker who was born in Parakou (Benin) on September 29, 1994 will represent the Benin national team at the 2019 Africa Cup of nations. Mounie scored his first ever goal for the national team in a 2-1 win over South Sudan in the 2017 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.