Lorient vs LilleFrench Ligue 1, KO: 20:00 Sep 10, 2021, Stade Yves Allainment-Le Moustoir
With their Ligue 1 title defence off to an unconvincing start, Lille will attempt to get back on track as they travel to the Stade Yves Allainment-Le Moustoir to face Lorient. Lille have not looked as solid defensively this season and with Lorient also struggling to keep things tight at the back, goals can be expected here.
Lorient are coming off a 2-2 draw with Lens last time out in Ligue 1. They came from behind to lead before the break through Armand Lauriente and Thomas Monconduit but failed to hold on for the win.
It has been an unconvincing start to the season for Lorient, who have claimed just one win from their opening four matches. Christophe Pelissier’s men are currently seventh on the table, one of several teams tied on five points.
Lorient have shown some quality in attack this season but their major problem has been at the back. They have kept just one clean sheet in their four matches, conceding six goals in that run.
The international break came at the worst possible time for Lille, who had finally claimed their first win of the season and were looking to build some momentum. They claimed a 2-1 victory over Montpellier in their last fixture thanks to goals from Yusuf Yazici and Jonathan David.
Manager Jocelyn Gourvennec has not made the best start to life at Lille, who are already playing catch-up to rivals PSG. It may still be early days in the season but sitting seven points behind the Parisians means they have to find a way to turn their season around.
The ability to claim narrow wins with clean sheets was the hallmark of former manager Christophe Galtier’s tenure at Lille. They appear to have lost that defensive solidity and are without a clean sheet this season, conceding nine goals in their four matches.
How the bookies view it
Lille have the edge among the bookies and are priced at 9/8 with Vbet to claim the win. A victory for Lorient is valued at 11/4 with SBK, who are also offering odds of 27/11 for a draw.
Head to head
Lille have a 17-8 advantage with seven draws from 32 previous matches against Lorient. The champions claimed a 4-1 victory on their last visit to Lorient.
Players to watch
Lorient have spread their goals across the team this season with strikers Terem Moffi and Armand Lauriente both on target. Paddy Power has Moffi at 13/5 to score anytime while Lauriente is priced at 17/5 by SBK in the same market.
Lille also have plenty of attacking quality with last season’s top score Burak Yilmaz and Jonathan Davud already off the mark. Yilmaz is priced at 13/8 by BetVictor to score anytime while betfair is offering 12/5 on David in the same market.
Anything else catch the eye?
Lorient and Lille have seen over 3.5 goals in their last two meetings and Unibet is offering 3/1 for a repeat. Over 2.5 goals is priced at 19/17 with SBK, who are also offering 17/20 on both teams to score.
With both teams scoring a bulk of their goals before the break, the first half could be tipped as the highest scoring half at 23/10 with Paddy Power.
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