Considering it was only a 1/32 phase of the Coupe de France, Lorient didn’t have an easy draw at all having to play against Ligue 1 side Brest, but they did it more than well progressing further after extra time.
The regular time ended as a 1:1 draw, while a goal in 112th minute from Wissa made the difference. As for the Ligue 2, they come from pretty heavy 3:0 loss away to Valenciennes, as they broke a run of five consecutive victories before it.
However, it needs to be said that they weren’t outplayed, far away from it, but, it simply wasn’t their day. The hosts took the lead quickly, both teams stood to play with a man less towards the end of the first halftime and the guests simply didn’t answer properly during the clash.
Still, they did create quite a number of chances and with just a bit better efficiency and circumstances, the game could have ended way differently too.
The side is now at the second position with a point less than the leaders from Lens and surely that they want to win here and get the first position for the moment.
The home side misses suspended defender Saunier (19/1). Right-back Martins Pereira remains a long-term absentee without playing this season.
Caen didn’t have that difficult job last weekend away to Guichen in the Coupe de France match, walking away with a 1:2 victory in the end.
They made a strong start and had the double lead after twenty-six minutes thanks to goals from Gioacchini and Rivierez, lowering down the tempo later on and allowing the hosts to reduce the deficit towards the end.
As for Ligue 2, the team comes from two consecutive winless matches, most recently a goalless game at home against Clermont which surely represents a setback for them.
Mostly due to the fact that they were playing with a man more since the start of the second halftime but couldn’t use the situation properly in overall not that active match.
They are only at the fifteenth position at the moment, four points above the relegation zone.
The guests can’t count at injured defender Diaw (5/0), midfielders Avounou (5/0), Goncalves (16/1) and Sankoh (9/4) due to injuries.
Looking at the current season, the home side does remain a favorite here, however, Caen needs to respond as well.
The guests are having far bigger quality than what their current position shows, while they definitely show a bit riskier and more open performances away from home probably benefiting a bit from the lack of real home pressure.