The Ligue 1 is back in action this weekend with another round of crucial matches as Lille take on Lorient at the Stade Yves Allainmat on Sunday. Lille have been in excellent form this season and hold a slight edge going into this game.
Lorient are in 17th place in the Ligue 1 standings at the moment but have shown remarkable improvement in recent weeks. The away side held Monaco to a 2-2 draw last weekend and will have to put in a similar effort in this fixture.
Lille, on the other hand, have exceeded expectations this season and find themselves at the top of the league table. Les Dogues suffered a 2-1 defeat against Ajax in the Europa League earlier this week and will want to bounce back in this match.
Lorient vs Lille Head-to-Head
Lille have a good record against Lorient and have won 13 matches out of a total of 28 games played between the two teams. Lorient have managed only seven victories against Lille and will need to take it up a notch in this fixture.
The reverse fixture between the two teams last year ended in an emphatic 4-0 victory for Lille. Yusuf Yazixi was virtually unstoppable on the day and will want to put in a similar performance this weekend.
Lorient form guide in Ligue 1: D-W-D-W-W
Lille form guide in Ligue 1: D-W-W-W-W
Lorient vs Lille Team News
Thomas Fontaine, Paul Nardi, and Vincent Le Goff are currently injured and will be unable to play a part in this match. Stephane Diarra is also carrying a knock and might not feature against Lille this week.
Injured: Thomas Fontaine, Paul Nardi, Vincent Le Goff
Doubtful: Stephane Diarra
Lille forward Burak Yilmaz is currently injured and will be replaced by Jonathan David against Lorient this week. Jeremy Pied has recovered from his injury and will be included in the squad.
Injured: Burak Yilmaz
Lorient vs Lille Predicted XI
Lorient Predicted XI (5-4-1): Matthieu Dreyer; Jerome Hergault, Jeremy Morel, Julien Laporte, Andrew Gravillon, Houboulang Mendes; Enzo Le Fee, Laurent Abergel, Thomas Monconduit, Armand Lauriente; Adrian Grbic
Lille Predicted XI (4-4-2): Mike Maignan; Reinildo, Jose Fonte, Sven Botman, Mehmet Zeki Celik; Luiz Araujo, Benjamin Andre, Renato Sanches, Jonathan Bamba; Yusuf Yazici, Jonathan David
Lorient vs Lille Prediction
Lille have an excellent squad this season and will have to get the better of Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon to win the Ligue 1 title. The likes of Jonathan Bamba and Yusuf Yazici have been in impeccable form and have a point to prove in this game.
Lorient have improved since the start of the season to preserve their six-match unbeaten run this weekend. Lille are the better team on paper and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Lorient 1-2 Lille