Ligue 1 Match Preview: Lorient vs. Guingamp

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Updated: January 14, 2014
Lorient

Match Date: 18 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade du Moustoir

 

Lorient

After enjoying seven weeks unbeaten, Lorient have finally fallen from cloud nine after they were thrashed by Nantes at home 1-0. This prevented the side from going higher in the rankings (they are currently number 11), which has been their trend for the past few match weeks. But despite the downfall, Lorient are still among the most admirable squads in the season, not necessarily in reference to the elite clubs, but due to their insurmountable resilience following their inclusion in the relegation zone several weeks ago.

 

The upset they incurred from Nantes marks their ninth time (this season) to finish as the losing side, or their eighth on the road. From all fixtures, they have already accumulated 27 points, scored 26 goals, and conceded 26. In other competitions, Lorient are doing less spectacularly. They were defeated by Yzeure in the Coupe de France; several weeks before that, they were also slammed by their rivals in the Coupe de la Ligue.

 

Guingamp

It has been five match weeks and Guingamp are still empty of a victory in Ligue 1 (three draws, two defeats). While they may have broken their poor streak with a win over Bourg-Péronnas in the Coupe de France, it was not an enough opportunity to gain confidence to bring their energy to the French top-tier football. Currently positioned at number 12, the team are having a slightly insecure future in Ligue 1—especially that they have been in the relegation zone a few times this season already.

 

Guingamp are periled by both a lack in attacking surprises and a truly dependable defense, made apparent by their goals scored now level with goals conceded. Their consistency is also a factor, with their current record standing at W6-D7-L7. They know there are problems in their form, and they must nip them in the bud before they could get worse and take a toll on them.

 

Online betting tip: Very strong at home, Lorient could earn all the spoils from this match against Guingamp.

 

Lorient | Image source: eurosport.fr