Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win at Rennes, Reims will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Lorient at Stade Auguste-Delaune on Matchday 6. Les Rouges et Blancs are eager to keep on climbing the standings, but they face a difficult task in Sunday’s football match. Teenage attacker Ndri Koffi is pushing for a start after finding the net at the weekend, while all Mathieu Cafaro, El Bilal Toure, Moussa Doumbia, Fraser Hornby, and Arber Zeneli are out of contention with injuries.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs at the start of the season. Lorient did well to beat Lille at home on day 5, but given their poor away record in the Ligue 1, we are tempted to put our money on Reims this time out. All Thomas Fontaine, Enzo Le Fee, Jeremy Morel, and Loris Mouyokolo miss out for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Moussa Doumbia):
A Malian midfielder Moussa Doumbia has been with Russian side FK Rostov since 2014. The 22-year-old powerful midfielder started his career with Real Bamako in 2012. Doumbia spent two years playing for the Scorpions in the Malien Premiere Division, the top rank in the country. Russian side recognised his talent and made a transfer in 2014 tying Moussa Doumbia on a four-year deal.
During two seasons with Russian Premier League outfit, Doumbia was involved in 31 league matches. In 2015-16 season he contributed to his club’s runners-up finish with two goals of his own. Full-time Mali international made his national team debut in 2014 in a 3-1 victory over China in Shenzen.
His most recent international appearances occurred in September during an empathic 5-2 win over Benin in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Doumbia went on to score his team’s fifth goal with eleven minutes on the clock rounding off an impressive performance.
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.