Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Metz will be aiming to put an end to their six-game losing run in the Ligue 1 when they take on Lorient on Sunday afternoon. Les Grenats have been struggling in front of goal of late, but this match could be the turning point for the relegation-threatened hosts. Lamine Camara is back from international duty, while Christophe Herelle has yet to serve his ban.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Le Havre at the weekend. Lorient are eyeing their first league win since October 22, 2023 and given their need for points, both teams to score betting option should be considered. The good news for the away team is that all Yongwa, Mendy, Gomis, and Dieng are back from international duty after their respective national teams suffered elimination in the Africa Cup of Nations last 16. The likes of Faivre, Le Goff, Mendy, Boisgard, and Tosin should miss out through injuries.
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.