Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien will host Sunday’s football game between Metz and Lorient, the two bottom-table sides. Metz have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating Reims, while sharing the spoils with Olympique Marseille in their last league match. Les Grenats are tough to beat at home, and they are surely capable of matching Lorient on Matchday 6. Les Merlus, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Lyon in their last league fixture, with forward Adrian Grbic picking up an injury.
Considering that Lorient struggle on the travels, we believe that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the game. In their last encounter at Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien Metz recorded a 2-1 win over Lorient, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. Ibrahima Niane, who has already netted three goals this term, will be the man to watch in the home team.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Oukidja):
Alexandre Oukidja is a French goalkeeper who began his professional career at Gueugnon. Nonetheless, he made no more than 1 appearance for the club and in 2006 he signed a contract with Ligue 1 club Lille. The shoot-stopper, who was born in Nevers (France) on July 19, 1988, though, did not make his first-team debut for les Dogues and it has to be noted that he played 84 games for Lille B.
After ending his loan spells with Aviron Bayonnais and Royal Mouscron-Peruwelz respectively, Alexandre Oukidja joined Strasbourg in 2014 and, no doubt, he helped the club secure promotion to the French elite division at the end of the 2016/2017 season.
Oukidja made no less than 12 clean sheets for le Racing in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign and it is more than obvious that he has established himself as a first-choice shoot-stopper at the club. It has to be noted that his contract with Strasbourg expires on June 30, 2018.
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.