Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lyon and Lorient face each other at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in what is expected to be a lively Ligue 1 contest. Lyon quickly bounced back from a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to PSG, with the team beating Troyes 3-1 in a midweek fixture. Les Gones aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at les Merlus. All Tino Kadewere, Lenny Pintor, and Jeff Reine-Adelaide are sidelined with injuries, but Peter Bosz can count on key players for Saturday’s match.
Lorient did well to beat Nice at home thanks to Thomas Monconduit’s goal, but given their anything but good away record, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Lyon, who have been showing signs of improvement of late. Moritz Jenz will have to serve his one-match ban against les Gones, while Fabien Lemoine, Quentin Boisgard, and Jeremy Morel miss out with injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Karl Toko-Ekambi):
Karl Toko Ekambi is a professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Angers as a striker. Ekambi was born in Paris on September 14 1992, but he does not represent les Tricolores on the international stage. The 183-cm-tall attacker plays for Cameroon and it has to be noted that he made his senior debut for les Lions Indomptables in a 3-2 win over Burkina Faso back in June, 2015.
Ekambi came as a substitute in the 77th minute of the match, replacing fellow attacker Mengolo. The Cameroonian footballer played for Paris FC during his youth career and he made his first-team debut for the capital club on April 26, 2011 in a 2-2 draw with Beauvais. Karl Toko Ekambi scored 21 goals in 66 appearances for Paris from 2010 to 2014 and at the end of the 2013/2014 season he joined Sochaux.
After netting 25 goals in 72 appearances for the club, in the summer of 2016 Ekambi signed a contract with Angers which expires on June 30, 2020.
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.