Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lens and Lorient face each other in a highly-anticipated Ligue 1 game at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Franck Haise’s troops are undefeated in the 2021/22 season, with the team continuing where they left last term. Lens did well to shock Monaco at Stade Louis II at the weekend, and they are surely capable of beating Lorient at home ground. Even though midfielder Cheick Oumar Doucoure is sidelined through suspension, home win should be considered.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Montpellier. Lorient are tough to beat at home, but seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on Lens. Both Mendes and Hergault are banned for the visiting team, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out.
Highlighted Player (Seko Fofana):
Born in Paris on May 7, 1995, Seko Fofana is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side Udinese. Fofana started his career at the youth teams of Paris FC and in 2010 he moved to Lorient. After spending four years at the club, the French footballer joined Premier League side Manchester City in the 2013/2014 season.
Despite being a Man City player from 2014 to 2016, Seko Fofana did not see any game action in the English top flight with the Citizens as he was immediately sent on loan to Fulham (2014/2015). He played for Bastia on loan in the 2015/2016 season as well and in the summer of 2016 he signed a five-year deal with Italian side Udinese.
You should know that Fofana scored five goals in 22 appearances for the Zebrette in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His contract with the Serie A team should expire on June 30, 2022. Due to his dual citizenship the Udinese footballer is eligible to play for France and Ivory Coast at senior level.
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.