Lorient host Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday lunchtime in a meeting between two of Ligue 1’s top four.
Ten games into the season, Lorient trailed PSG by just one point at Ligue 1’s summit. However, Regis Le Bris’ side are winless in three matches, slipping eight points behind the perennial Parisian champions.
Here’s everything you need to know about the tete-a-tete between this pair.
Lorient vs PSG H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Lorient: 1 Win
PSG: 3 Wins
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Lorient team news
Lorient’s trio of winless outings has coincided with club captain Laurent Abergel breaking his arm. The midfielder skipper suffered the injury during Lorient’s 2-1 victory away to Brest and isn’t expected back until December.
Backup left-back Samuel Loric is a less notable absentee but has been sidelined with a thigh injury for much of the campaign.
Lorient Starting 11 (4-1-4-1): Mvogo; Kalulu, Laporte, Talbi, Le Goff; Innocent; Diarra, Le Fee, Ponceau, Le Bris; Moffi.
Bench: Mannone, Matsima, Kone, Yongwa, Ouattara, Boisgard, Cathline, Doucoure, Aouchiche.
PSG team news
Presnel Kimpembe only just returned from an eight-game absence with a hamstring injury last weekend but is once again poised for a spell on the sidelines after damaging his Achilles tendon.
Keylor Navas won’t be able to take his usual spot on the bench due to complaints of a back problem.
PSG Starting 11 (4-3-1-2): Donnarumma; Mukiele, Ramos, Marquinhos, Mendes; Ruiz, Verratti, Vitinha; Neymar; Messi, Mbappe.
Bench: Rico, Danilo, Sanches, Sarabia, Bernat, Hakimi, Bitshiabu, Zaire-Emery, Ekitike.
Lorient’s young, fleet-footed frontline has been the driving force behind the club’s surge into the top four. The Brittany-based side have no intention of pressing, content to cede territory before bursting forward into the space behind an opponent forced to creep forward – only one team in Ligue 1 has launched more ‘direct attacks’ than Lorient this term (per Opta).
That side, incidentally, is PSG. The reigning Ligue 1 champions already have two players in double digits for league goals this season – oh, and Lionel Messi who is winding up for his final World Cup in devastating style.
Le Bris’ side may cause PSG’s uncertain backline some problems, but the capital colossus should have enough weaponry to outgun their hosts this weekend.
Prediction: Lorient 1-3 PSG