Lorient vs Saint-Etienne
French Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 17th December 2016
Kick off at 19:00 UK Time
Venue: Stade du Moustoir, Lorient.
New coach Bernard Casoni has seen a huge improvement in his side since he took over where the club have been defeated just once in their last 4 games. But and this is a big but Lorient are still bottom of Ligue 1. They have the chance to put this right with a win at home to St Etienne.
Of course Lorient’s home form is poor but they did pick up their first win their since October when in their last game they were able to defeat Rennes 2-1. Striker Benjamin Moukandjo still isn’t firing on all cylinders but he did at least score in Lorient’s last game even if they did end up losing 3-2 to Toulouse in the process.
St Etienne remains an enigma, a team that are full of inconsistency and just can’t seem to get a decent run together. They are though in a much better position in 8th place and are a massive 13 points ahead of their hosts. Away from home St Etienne has just 2 wins from 8, but most notably they rarely lose against teams that are ranked lower than them.
Lorient vs Saint-Etienne: Head to Head Stats
Home or away St Etienne has won the last 5 games between these two- the last time Lorient managed a victory was in 2014. St Etienne have won the last three games at Lorient and by the same score line of 1-0. The last six fixtures have all ended with fewer than 3 goals.
Lorient vs Saint-Etienne: Prediction
Lorient has been improving lately and the big advantage here is that they are at home. It’s been a tough season for them so far but Casoni seems to be doing the right things for the club to move forward. He can encourage his side to get all three points in what is their final home game of the year. If that wasn’t motivation to pick up three points then they can look to net week when they face PSG away. In short they are obliged to get the win on Saturday.
Lorient vs Saint-Etienne: Betting Tips
Lorient to beat St Etienne at 9/5 (2.80)
Correct Score at Half Time 0-0 at 13/8 (2.63).