Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Clermont, Nantes will look to escape the danger zone when they take on Lorient in the Ligue 1 round 6. Les Canaris have regained a much-needed confidence and they are now on a quest to record their first home win of the process. Midfielder Bastien Meupiyou is banned for the match, while all Adson, Fabien Centonze, Nathan Zeze, and Alban Lafont are out of contention with injuries.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, did well to hold league leaders Monaco to a 2-2 draw in their last league match, but given their difficulties on the road, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. Lorient’s injury list is pretty long, including the likes of Makengo, Bakayoko, Innocent, Mendy, Dieng, Boisgard, and Kari miss out with injuries.
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.