09 September 2021, 14:47 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
The French Ligue 1 fixture, F.C. Lorient vs. Lille OSC, kicks-off at 20:00 (GMT+1) on Friday, September 10 at the Stade Yves Allainmat - Le Moustoir.
Preview Lorient Ligue 1, Sep 10, 2021
Preview F.C. Lorient were held to a 2-2 draw on the road against RC Lens on Matchday 4. Jonathan Clauss (24') gave the home team the lead midway through the first half with an exquisite free-kick which left Paul Nardi scrambling across his goal line in panic as the ball crashed into the net. However, Armand Lauriente (27') found the equalizer for Lorient after getting on to the end of a remarkable assist by Laurent Abergel. Five minutes after the half-hour mark, Lorient took the lead through Thomas Monconduit (35'). But Lens' Seko Fofana (70') came to the rescue of the home side after finding the leveller which denied Lorient what would have been their second victory of the season. The draw leaves Lorient in 7th place with 5 points after 1W, 2D & 1L. On goals, Les Merlus have bagged a total of 5 while conceding 6 since Matchday 1. It leaves the club with a G.D. of -1. The numbers also show a goal ratio of 1.25 goals per game. Coach Christophe Pélissier is expected to adopt a conventional 4—4—2 formation with Armand Laurienté and the Nigerian, Terem Moffi in attack against Lille. Lorient returns with the form: DWLD.
Preview Lille Ligue 1, Sep 10, 2021
Preview Meanwhile, the Ligue 1 champions, Lille picked up a hard-fought 2-1 win over Montpellier at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Matchday 4. Burak Yilmaz had missed a clear-cut chance having failed to convert a one-on-one versus Montpellier's goalkeeper Dimitry Bertaud before Jonathan David fired well above the cross-bar on the second attempt. Yusuf Yazici (45'+1) eventually broke the deadlock at the stroke of halftime, - beating Dimitry Bertaud with a well-cushioned half-volley from range. Four minutes into stoppage time in the first forty-five, Montpellier found the equalizer through Gaetan Laborde (45'+4). Minutes after the break, Jonathan David (56') grabbed the winner to hand Lille their first victory of the new season. LOSC are in 10th place on the table after picking up 5 points from 1W, 2D & 1L. They have scored 6 goals, conceded 9, and have a G.D. of -3. On the numbers, Les Dogues have a goal ratio of 1.5 goals per game and a domestic form that reads: DLDW. Coach Jocelyn Gourvennec aims for back-to-back victories at the end of the trip to the Stade Yves Allainmat - Le Moustoir on Matchday 5. Lille could re-emerge after the international break with an attacking 4—4—2 formation with Burak Yilmaz and Jonathan David leading the lines. Jonathan Bamba remains on the injury list alongside Timothy Weah with a thigh injury.