September 10, 2022 Sports Betting
When Lorient and Nantes square off in Sunday’s Ligue 1 match at the Stade du Moustoir, they will be looking to build on their respective midweek victories.
Wednesday’s rescheduled match saw Les Merlus upset Lyon, while the guests defeated Olympiacos to begin their Europa League run.
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Even a top-flight soccer stadium was not immune to the effects of Europe’s summer heatwaves, as Lorient’s gameweek two match against Lyon was initially called off due to an unplayable field. However, Les Merlus were undoubtedly appreciative of the extra time for preparation.
Enzo Le Fee’s accurate free kick gave Regis Le Bris’ team the lead against Les Gones on Wednesday. Lyon captain Alexandre Lacazette then tied the game, but Lorient’s Terem Moffi and Dango Ouattara responded in front of their own supporters.
Lorient’s fortunes have significantly changed since saying goodbye to Christophe Pelissier due to a change in the dugout. At the time of writing, Les Merlus are mixing it up with the big boys in fifth place, one point behind Lens for the final podium spot and level with Lyon in fourth place.
For Le Bris’s team, who have won three of their past four in Ligue 1 thanks in large part to Moffi’s efforts, the humiliating 5-2 loss to Lens, who they were promoted to Ligue 1 alongside in 2020, has just turned out to be a mere hiccup.
The 23-year-old Nigerian has struggled with consistency, but he has excelled in the early going of the new season, scoring five goals in six games as Lorient looks to maintain their perfect home record against yet another esteemed foe.
Prior to hosting Olympiacos at the Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes’ Ligue 1 standing had plummeted, but a European night inspired both players and supporters as Antoine Kombouare’s team won their first Europa League match.
After Samuel Moutoussamy stood and watched the ball deflect off him into his own net following a corner, Mostafa Mohamed calmly curled home the opening goal in the 32nd minute. However, Evann Guessand was in the right place at the right time to meet Ludovic Blas’s cross and head home a dramatic late winner.
Following their 3-0 Ligue 1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain last weekend, Les Canaris needed to start life in Europa League Group G with three points. Kombouare’s team has struggled to replicate their domestic form from 2021–22.
Nantes has only won once in their first six games without Randal Kolo Muani leading the line, and they currently sit in 13th place in the table. Kombouare must also take into account this weekend’s exhausting trip to Qarabag on Thursday.
After failing to keep a clean sheet in six straight games, Nantes will be looking to end a seven-game losing streak in Ligue 1 away games on Sunday. Their 11-game unbeaten streak against Lorient will undoubtedly boost their spirits.
Take nothing away from Les Merlus’ incredible start to the season; a third straight victory at the Stade du Moustoir is certain, even though Lorient were assisted by a few individual Lyon mistakes in midweek.
While Nantes fought valiantly on Thursday, they are playing with less rest than their in-form rivals, and their away-day troubles are likely to continue against the revitalized Merlus, who are keen to avoid going a 12-game streak without a victory in this matchup.