Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After suffering a shocking loss to Brest before the international break, Lille will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they host Lorient at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Les Dogues aim to put an end to their three-game winless run in the league, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Lorient on Matchday 12. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be experienced Turkey international Buruk Yilmaz, who scored a brace in the 3-2 loss to Brest.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, sit in the danger zone ahead of the trip to Lille, with the team collecting only one point in total from the previous three league fixtures. Even though midfielder Quentin Boisgard returns from suspension for the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on les Dogues, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home.
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.