Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Nantes and Lorient square off against each other at Stade de la Beaujoire in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Sunday’s program. Les Canaris have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team sharing the spoils with Clermont, losing to Nantes, while beating Ajaccio, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the visit of Lorient. The likes of Pedro Chirivella, Quentin Merlin, Nicolas Pallois, and Moses Simon are out of contention with injuries.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, aim to move closer to the Europa League berth, but they face a difficult task in Sunday’s encounter. The two teams seem to be evenly matched, and we predict that they are going to share the spoils in round 23. All Theo Le Bris, Julien Laporte, and Laurent Abergel remain on the sidelines with injuries, speaking of the away team.
Highlighted Player (Alban Lafont):
Alban Lafont is a French goalkeeper who plays for Ligue 1 side Toulouse. Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Lafont joined AS Lattoise youth school at the age of nine and he stayed at the academy until 2014 when he moved to Toulouse.
The 193-cm-tall goalkeeper has established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper at Toulouse and it has to be noted that he made 36 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 season, keeping 10 clean sheets in the process. Due to his dual citizenship, Alban Lafont is eligible to represent both Burkina Faso and France on international stage, but he has yet to play for the African team.
Alban Lafont represented les Tricolores at youth level and, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of the talented shoot-stopper who was born on January 23, 1999. The rising star has a contract with Toulouse 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.