Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Clermont and Lorient, the two mid-table sides, take on each other at Stade Gabriel Montpied in the Ligue 1 round 37. Clermont aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Brest and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in front of home fans. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 3-1 defeat to Lens. Considering that Clermont have been impressive in front of home fans of late, we predict that Lorient are going to return to Brittany empty-handed. All Le Bris, Dieng, and Makengo are pushing for a start, while both Igor Silva and Vito Mannone remain on the sidelines with injuries. In the first half of the season Lorient defeated Clermont 2-1, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
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.