Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lille will be aiming to build on a splendid 12-0 Coupe de France win over Golden Lion when they take on Lorient in their first league game of 2024. Les Dogues are eyeing their sixth home win of the process and they are likely to adopt an attack-oriented approach in Sunday’s matinee. Both Adam Ounas and Nabil Bentaleb are banned for the match, while all Ivan Cavaleiro, Bafode Diakite, and Tiago Djalo are out of contention with injuries.
Lorient, on the other hand, are stuck in the relegation zone and given their three-game losing run in the French top flight, home win should be considered. Les Merlus defender Julien Laporte is pushing for a start, while all Darline Yongwa, Gedeon Kalulu, Formose Mendy, Montassar Talbi, Sirine Doucoure, Bamba Dieng, and Alfred Gomis are on international duty. Midfielder Quentin Boisgard has yet to overcome a foot injury.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin André):
Benjamin Andre is a French footballer, who began his career at Stade Raphaelois youth team. At the age of 16 Andre moved to Ajaccio and he played for the first team from 2008 to 2014. The right-footed midfielder scored 12 goals in 187 appearances in the league for the Corsican team and in the summer of 2014 he moved to fellow French club Rennes.
Andre scored his first goal for les Rouges et Noirs on January 25, 2015, in a 4-1 defeat to Caen. The French player made provided three assists for his teammates in 36 appearances for Rennes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and the club chiefs decided to extend his contract in June, 2017. His deal with the Roazhon Park outfit should expire on June 30, 2022.
Benjamin Andre, who was born in Nice on August 3, 1990, has seven caps for France U21 team. The Rennes footballer plays as a central midfielder, but he is often used as both left and right midfielder.
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.