Lorient - OL: A capital duel at the Moustoir (5 PM, Téléfoot)
Very impressive during the Final 8 this summer in Lisbon, Rudi Garcia's players have slipped a little in the league. After a big opening win against Dijon (4-1), OL conceded two 0-0 draws in Bordeaux and at home to Nîmes, losing in between to Montpellier (2-1). With only five points, the club are twelfth in the table and are four points off the podium. It's nothing insurmountable, but it is important to take three points on Sunday to regain their confidence and not enter a downward spiral.
After three matches without a win, victory seems the only option in this duel. While the transfer window is in full swing for another ten days, it is essential that OL can reassure themselves on the pitch by defeating Les Merlus especially since the competition seems not to be slowing down. Rennes, Montpellier and PSG all won their last matches while LOSC (who conceded a draw against OM last time) are still unbeaten. Only Monaco lost (2-1 in Rennes). There is no time to waste as the fight for the top will be fierce this year.
Fortunately, and even if the truth of the paper is not that of the field, Lorient looks like the right team to revive Les Gones' season. After a win against Strasbourg on the first matchday to mark their return to the top flight (3-1), Christophe Pélissier's players then fell in quick succession to St-Étienne (2-0), Lens (2 -3) and Brest (3-2). Now 16th in the league, FCL expect to battle for survival this season but will also be dangerous at home where OL have won only twice in their last seven trips in the league.