Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After sharing the spoils with Olympique Marseille, Lille will look to return to winning ways in Ligue 1 when they take on Lorient in a postponed fixture. Les Dogues are eager to keep their Champions League hopes alive, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at les Merlus. Both Timothy Weah and Leo Jardim are sidelined with injuries, while Benjamin Andre misses out through suspension.
Lorient, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in a goalless draw with ten-man Angers. Since les Merlus are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on the home side. Dango Ouattara is on Africa Cup of Nations, while all Loric, Diarra, Morel, and Lemoine are out of contention with injuries. In their last meeting at the venue Lille rolled over Lorient 4-0.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan Bamba):
After spending his youth career at CS Paris-Charenton, UJA AlfortVille and Saint-Etienne, Jonathan Bamba started playing for Saint-Etienne II at senior level. In 2015 he was given a chance to prove his worth with the first team and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 42 appearances for les Verts in Ligue 1.
Following his loan spells with Paris, Sint-Truiden and Angers, Jonathan Bamba joined Lille in the summer of 2018. The pacey winger born in Alfortville (France) on March 26, 1996, has been playing for les Dogues ever since, but he has yet to earn a cap for the French national team. Nonetheless, Jonathan Bamba has 12 caps with France U21 in which he scored four goals for les Tricolores.
Jonathan Bamba’s main position is left winger, but he is used as a centre-forward as well. The French footballer, whose preferred foot is right, has a contract with Lille until June 30, 2023.
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.