Lorient vs Saint-Etienne: prediction and possible formations

Lorient will welcome Saint-Etienne to the Stade du Moustoir for the crucial battle for relegation to Ligue 1 on Friday 8 April. Both sides have come back from heavy losses against the top two sides of the league last weekend, with Lorient suffering five against Paris Saint-Germain, while Saint-Etienne suffering four against Marseille. Lorient vs Saint-Etienne kick-off is scheduled for 9pm

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Lorient suffered their heaviest Ligue 1 defeat in over five years when they were beaten 5-1 away by Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. Terem Moffi put his name on the scorers’ table in the 56th minute, after Neymar and Kylian Mbappe had put the hosts two goals ahead before half-time, but the latter two scored again on the side of a shot by Lionel Messi to condemn Les Merlus to their 14th defeat of the season in the league. Christophe Pelissier’s side still remain in a precarious position in the Ligue 1 standings, currently hovering just one point above third place with eight games to go. While Lorient was not expected to cause an anomaly at the Parc des Princes, they do expect their chances of success on Friday against fellow wrestlers at Saint-Etienne. Matches with Bordeaux, Metz and Troyes will also be seen as games to be won as they head into the latter part of the season. Les Merlus have won more Ligue 1 games at home against Saint-Etienne than any other team in the division, winning seven of their 12 games at the Stade du Moustoir. However, this season in the top flight, Lorient have accumulated the fewest points against teams currently in the bottom half of the table (11).


Pelissier’s men have also won only one of their last 11 league games at home, winning 2-0 against Lens in February, so they will need to be at the top of their game if they are to score maximum points on Friday. After scoring five points from three league games in March, Saint-Etienne started April with a 4-2 home defeat to Marseille. Denis Bouanga received the opening in the ninth minute when his shot was blocked into the net by goalkeeper Pau Lopez, but Marseille restored parity when Dimitri Payet converted from the penalty spot in the halftime stoppage. The visitors then took control of the proceedings in the second half, with an own goal from Timothee Kolodziejczak, a penalty from Bamba Dieng and a shot from Amine Harit that put the game to bed. 18-year-old Lucas Gourna-Douath came back for Les Verts with his first senior goal in the 86th minute, but it was only a consolation goal for the hosts, who suffered their 15th defeat of the season. With the other four teams at the bottom of the Ligue 1 table failing to win last weekend, Pascal Dupraz’s men remain in 18th place, four points above Metz and one point behind Clermont and Lorient, the opponents on Fridays. Saint-Etienne reach Friday’s clash with only one win in their last six Ligue 1 away games. The Verts have also lost their last two games at the Stade du Moustoir, both losing 2-1. Dupraz’s side drew 1-1 against Les Merlus in the return match in August, but are hoping to improve in the final third this time around, having only seen three of their 20 shots on target hit the target in that match.

News from the teams

Lorient will be without Stephane Diarra and Samuel Loric who continue to recover from their respective muscle and knee injuries. The hosts, however, will be able to re-embrace Bonke Innocent, who served a match suspension last time, but the Nigerian international may be forced to settle for a seat on the substitutes’ bench, as Enzo Le Fee, Thomas Monconduit and Laurent Abergel are all ready to go in midfield. Armand Lauriente and Ibrahima Kone could both support Moffi in attack; the latter has only scored one goal in his last 12 home games. As for Saint-Etienne, top scorer Wahbi Khazri is still out with a hamstring injury, but he could return to the first team later this month. Romain Hamouma (wrist), Saidou Sow (ankle), Falaye Sacko and Yvann Macon (both knee) are also excluded due to injury. Ryad Boudebouz is expected to continue as central striker in Khazri’s absence, with Arnaud Nordin and Bouanga joining the Algerian in the third final.

Probable formations Lorient vs Saint-Etienne

Lorient possible starting lineup:
Dreyer; Mendes, Laporte, Petrot, Le Goff; Lauriente, Abergel, Monconduit; Lauriente, Kone; Moffi

Saint-Etienne possible starting line-up:
Bernardoni; Moukoudi, Mangala, Nade; Thioub, Camara, Gourna-Douath, Kolodziejczak; Nordin, Boudebouz, Bouanga

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