On Sunday noon, Lorient hosts runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain in an unexpected top-of-the-table duel at the Stade du Moustoir in Ligue 1.
The hosts’ hot start to the season has taken a knock following three games without a win, while Christophe Galtier’s team comes in after a modest European setback.
Having put together a remarkable six-game winning streak earlier in the autumn, Lorient have now gone three games without victory in the French top flight, but it would have been a monumental shock to see Le Bris’s men sustain their charge for a Champions League place for much longer.
Nevertheless, Les Merlus remain firmly in continental contention as they occupy fourth place in the rankings – three points clear of Marseille and only behind Rennes on goal difference – and they are yet to suffer back-to-back defeats in the tournament this season.
Nevertheless, victory over Juventus marked a fifth win on the bounce in all competitions for the capital club, who are aiming to stretch their lengthy unbeaten run in all competitions to 30 games this weekend, and the champions have impressively conceded just one goal in their last eight Ligue 1 away games – keeping clean sheets in each of their last five.
That wonderful streak will be tested to the extreme at the Stade du Moustoir, but a sixth consecutive away clean sheet in Ligue 1 would mark a new club record for PSG, who have failed to beat Lorient away from home in their last two attempts – drawing 1-1 in December after a 3-2 loss earlier in 2021.
Eight-goal striker Moffi was able to complete the final 30 minutes against Nice upon his return from a minor injury and should force his way back into the starting lineup here, with Stephane Diarra likely fearing for his spot in the final third.
Abergel’s broken arm could keep him out until after the World Cup in a devastating blow to Les Merlus, who have failed to win since the skipper entered the treatment room after posting an 80% victory rate with him in the starting lineup.
Similarly, PSG will welcome a star attacker of their own back to the first XI in Neymar, who was suspended for the Champions League tie with Juventus, and his return is timely after Fabian Ruiz went off injured in the 21st minute.
The Spaniard’s muscular problem could reportedly rule him out until after the World Cup, and PSG were also without Presnel Kimpembe (Achilles) and Keylor Navas (back) for the trip to Turin, but neither man’s issue is thought to be too serious.
Should the injury-hit Kimpembe miss out again, another 4-3-1-2 setup is seemingly on the cards for the visitors, with Vitinha, Carlos Soler and Marco Verratti linking arms in the engine room.
Possible starting lineup:
|Mvogo, Yvon||Donnarumma, Gianluigi|
|Le Goff, Vincent||Marquinhos|
|Laporte, Julien||Ramos, Sergio|
|Talbi, Montassar||Hakimi, Achraf|
|Kalulu, Gedeon||Kimpembe, Presnel|
|Le Fee, Enzo||Verratti, Marco|
|Ponceau, Julien||Pereira, Danilo|
|Ouattara, Dango||Mbappe, Kylian|
Lorient = 25.5%
Draw = 17.6%
PSG = 56.9%
Lorient 1-2 PSG
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