Lorient is hosting Lille OSC at Stade Yves Allainmat-Le Moustoir in round 5 of the French Ligue 1. Lorient has had a solid start to the season, and they have lost only 1 of their first 4 games. Lille has been struggling a bit at the start of this season, but they have also lost only 1 game so far.
Lorient is in 7th place with 5 points at the moment, they have scored 5 goals while conceding 6 goals so far this season. in their last game against Lens on the road, Lorient has had 46% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 79% of the correct passes. As expected, this wasn’t a good game quality-wise, but we saw a lot of goals, and the final score of this match was 2-2. Moffi, Lauriente, Monconduit, and Le Goff have each scored 1 goal for Lorient so far this season. the injury list and suspension list are quite long for Lorient, and some of their best players are on that list. It seems Lorient won’t have any problems staying in Ligue 1, but if they can keep playing this well, they might even have a shot at the Conference League.
After winning the French Super Cup against PSG before the season started, Lille waited a few weeks to get their first Ligue 1 game, and they finally did just before the international break. Lille is in 10th place with 5 points at the moment, they have 6 scored goals, and 9 conceded goals in 4 games, which is not good. Yilmaz is the leading goalscorer for Lille with 2 goals so far, while David, Botman, Yazici, and Ikone have each added 1 goal. Lihadji has added 2 assists. The good news for Lille is they have only one injured player, and that is Sanches. Lille was hosting Montpellier in their last game, and they have had 45% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 5 big chances created, and 76% of the correct passes. This was a rough, rough game, we saw a lot of fouls, yellow cards, and a red card. Lille got ahead in the 46th minute, but they conceded a goal just before halftime. In the 56th minute, Lille has scored another goal, and they have won this game 2-1. I didn’t expect Lille to be as competitive as they did last season when they won the title, but this season hasn’t started as they hoped it would have.
Both teams have lost only 1 game so far this season, but Lille hasn’t won any of their last 5 games on the road. Under normal circumstances, I would give Lorient a shot in this game, but with all the injuries and suspensions, I will side with Lille on the road.