Ligue 1 Preview: LOSC Lille vs. Lorient

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Updated: August 20, 2014
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Match Date: 23 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy

 

It is going to be a tough week for the Great Danes. The club needs to confront a seemingly insurmountable amount of pressure before they face Lorient. Prior to the said match, Lille must overpower FC Porto in order to qualify for the Champions League. Considering how tasking the match is, many are wondering if the online betting favorite will still have the strength to tackle Lorient.

 

The contenders

LOSC Lille

Lille continues to display its prolific defence in its last 2 matches. The club forced a scoreless stalemate against a determined Metz, but it eventually earned its first 3 points when it won against Caen.

 

However, Lille cannot afford to slow down. The previous clubs that they lambasted were newly-promoted ones. They cannot expect a similar result against the more experienced Lorient.
According to Rene Girard, the club will be focused on “not conceding” goals during its Champions League encounter. Hopefully, Lille will continue such approach when they face Lorient and fetch another 3 crucial points.

 

Lorient

Currently, Lorient brags an impressive performance that will enable them to secure a strong finish this season. It got the better out of the well-known big spenders, AS Monaco and orchestrated a scoreless draw against Nice.
Although the stalemate was far from what they expected, still, the result generated a point, which is more than enough to assure that they are heading towards the right path this season.

 

Possible head turners

Vincent Aboubakar is expected to trigger Lorient’s scoring rampage during the match. However, he should be wary of Lille’s Marko Basa, whose defensive skills will most likely post a challenge to him. There is also Vincent Enyeama, who is determined to deny every scoring opportunity that his opponents have.

 

What the odds say

Winning odds for Lille are pegged at 1.83 in 12BET. Yet, going for Lorient and expecting a possible upset also looks lucrative as betting odds for this squad is pegged at 4.30.

 

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