Caen vs Lorient:
2016/17 French Ligue 1,
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:00 UK,
Venue: Stade Michel d’Ornano (Caen).
Caen will host Lorient at Stade Michel d’Ornano on Saturday night as they kick off their 2016/2017 Ligue 1 season.
Caen had a bright season in the last year’s Ligue 1 campaign, they ended in the 7th position with just 4 points below the European spots. It might interest you that Patrice Garande’s boys won same number of games they lost in Ligue 1 last season (16).
Caen’s weak point last season was finding the net, they managed to score only 39 goals in their 38 League games and they conceded 52 goals. They ended the season with 4 game unbeaten run while they won their last 2 games. They now look forward to another good season.
Contrary to their host, Lorient had a disappointing campaign last year, they finished the season in the 15th position last year with 7 points above relegation zone. Their bad defence contributed to their poor season, they conceded 58 goals in their 38 League games. Sylvain Ripoll will hope his team gets a better performance this season.
Caen: Team News
Jeff Louis and Paul Reulet are injured and will miss their team’s opening league match against Lorient. While Andy Delort, who is pushing for a move away from the club will be dropped.
Mouhamadou Dabo and Ronny Rodelin, who made their loan deals permanant and set for to start on the right flank. The Croatian striker Ivan Santini is a new summer signing at the club and he is expected to start on the bench.
Caen: Expected Starting Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Vercoutre – Imorou, Ben Youssef, Yahia, Dabo – Silva – Bessat, Feret, Delaplace, Rodelin – Sane.
Lorient: Team News
Sylvain Marveaux, Jimmy Cabot and Papa Paye are set to miss out after failing to recover from their respective injuries.
Benjamin Moukandjo and Majeed Waris are expected to lead the attacking front with Benjammin Jeannot pushing to replace one of them.
Lorient: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Lecomte – Goff, Toure, Lautoa, Rose – Philippoteaux, Mesloub, Cafu, Barthelme – Moukandjo, Waris.
Caen vs Lorient: Head to Head statistics
The two teams involved have shared the head to head wins equally, both teams have won eight games each, and drawn nine. Lorient won the two leg of their games last season, scoring 2 goals in each game.
At Stade Michel d’Ornano, both teams have won 4 games each and drawn 4 in their previous 12 games, only 4 games out of the previous 12 have seen above 2 goals.
Caen vs Lorient: Prediction
Caen’s form during the pre-season have been a fluctuating one, they lost 2 of their last 5 games, won 2 and drawn 1 during the pre-season games.
Lorient’s pre-season have been a disappointing one, they are winless in their last 5 games, and they have lost 3 and drawn 2 in their last 5 pre-season games.
The game will be a tough one, and I expect a low turnout of goals. I’m predicting a win from the home team.
Caen vs Lorient: Tips
1. Both teams to score (no)
2. Under 2.5 goals