16 October 2021, 10:05 | 28 August 2021, 15:29
The French Ligue 1 match between Olympique Marseille and F.C. Lorient begins at 19:45 (GMT+1) on Sunday, October 17, at the Stade Vélodrome.
Preview Olympique Marseille Ligue 1, Oct 17, 2021
Preview OM was stunned by a brace from Lille’s Jonathan David (28’ & 90+5’) on home soil right before the international break as they picked up their second defeat in five games: WWDLL. Despite having the lion's share of the ball, 64%, it was Lille who were able to convert after five shots on target. With a game in hand, the defeat leaves the club in 5th place, having picked up 14 points after 4W, 2D, & 2L. On Sunday, Jorge Sampaoli will aim to recover lost points and restore Marseille's Ligue 1 campaign back on track when his side makes another Ligue 1 appearance. Marseille boasts an average of 1.75 goals per game while having a total of 14 goals in eight Ligue 1 appearances. Conceding ten times (1.25 goals conceded per game), OM is left with a G.D. of +4. A 4—2—3—1 formation with Ligue 1 Player-of-the-Month (September 2021), Bamba Dieng, in attack, is expected from Jorge Sampaoli on Sunday. Recording 0.79 goals for every 90 minutes, the 21-year-old will be on the hunt for his fourth goal of the season. Dimitri Payet is the club’s top scorer with 5 goals, but he could be unavailable for this fixture against Lorient, as he is currently sidelined with a calf injury.
Preview Lorient Ligue 1, Oct 17, 2021
Preview FC Lorient is in 7th place on the Ligue 1 table, having picked up a 1-1 draw against Clermont Foot on Matchday 9. Mohamed Bayo (15’) had the Ligue 1 newcomers in the lead, but Julien Laporte (54’) salvaged a point for Lorient six minutes before the hour. The remarkable run of form leaves Lorient unbeaten in five games: WDWDD and with 14 points after 3W, 5D, & 1L. The club has won on only four occasions against OM while on the road since the 1993/94 season. However, Lorient will be on the hunt for a victory on Sunday. Focusing on their performance in the final-third, Les Merlus have 10 goals after nine Ligue 1 games. An average of 1.11 goals scored per game. On average, Lorient have conceded 1 goal per match since the start of the new season. Manager Christophe Pélissier adopted the defensive 5—3—2 formation against Clermont on Matchday 9 and is expected to keep the same shape for this game against Marseille. Terem Moffi could partner Armand Laurienté once again in attack when Lorient make their appearance at the Stade Vélodrome. Moffi has two goals and two assists to his name and will be looking to add to the haul on Sunday. Meanwhile, Loris Mouyokolo remains in doubt for this fixture alongside Jérémy Morel.