Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Gabriel Montpied will host Sunday’s Ligue 1 game between Clermont and Lorient, the two bottom-table sides. Clermont have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Lyon, losing to Nice, while sharing the spoils with Strasbourg. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but forward Jeremie Bela continues to miss out. Les Merlus, on the other hand, aim to escape the danger zone.
Considering that Lorient will go for a win as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. As for the visiting team, the likes of Ayman Kari, Aiyegun Tosin, Loris Mouyokolo, DemboSylla, Benjamin Mendy, Bamba Dieng, and Quentin Boisgard are out of contention with injuries. Teenage midfielder Eli Junior Kroupi is pushing for a start after coming as a substitute in the last league match.
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.