Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with Nantes, Monaco will look to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they take on Lorient on Matchday 31. Les Rouges et Blancs are eager to keep their Champions League hopes alive, and we are positive that they will go all-out attack in Sunday’s encounter. Youssouf Fofana returns from suspension, while all Ruben Aguillar, Gelson Martins, Breel Embolo, and Malang Sarr remain on the sidelines through injuries.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, failed to win the previous three league fixtures. Since Lorient have been struggling on the travels of late, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. In their last meeting at the venue, the two teams played out a goalless draw, but home win should be considered this time out. Experienced midfielder Laurent Abergel is back from suspension, while all Enzo Le Fee, Theo Le Bris, Gedeon Kalulu, and Yvon Mvogo are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Wissam Ben Yedder):
Wissam Ben Yedder was born in Sarcelles, France on 12 August, 1990, but he has yet to make his France debut at senior level. The 170-cm-tall striker, though, played three games for France U21 team and he made two appearances for France Futsal team as well.
Ben Yedder began his club career at UJA Alfortville and he moved to Toulouse in 2010. After scoring 63 goals in 156 league appearances for les Pitchouns, the pacey attacker joined La Liga side Sevilla on 30 July, 2016. Wissam Ben Yedder made his Sevilla debut on 14 August, 2016 in a 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. The former Toulouse forward scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight in Sevilla’s 6-4 win over Espanyol in the opening match of the 2016/2017 season.
Ben Yedder started his youth career at Garges-les-Gonesse and he played for the Saint-Denis at the start of his football career as well. You should bear in mind that Ben Yedder is Toulouse’s best scorer of the 21st century.
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.