For its return to competition, FC Lorient will host Montpellier (5 p.m.) this Thursday at Moustoir. Ti Sport presents the five important figures to analyze the meeting.
14 points difference between the two teams
Between FC Lorient (5th) and Montpellier (14th), there is a real gap from an accounting point of view. The Hakes, who have made an exceptional start to the season, have almost already confirmed their retention in the top flight and now want to aim higher to join in the fight for European places. A victory would therefore allow them to perfectly launch this second part of the season. Conversely, the Héraultais who are in difficulty need points to move away from the red zone.
2 players absent from the Hakes
Positive point, Régis Le Bris will be able to rely on an almost complete squad during the 16th day of Ligue 1. Injured in the quadriceps during the match against Paris Saint-Germain, Yvon Mvogo will not be present in the Lorient cages for several month. Vito Mannone will therefore once again start against Montpellier. For his part, Théo Le Bris received a blow in training on Tuesday, but should soon return to the FC Lorient team.
5 meetings in a row without success for FC Lorient
Montassar Talbi and his partners who ran out of steam as the truce approached, however, remain on a sad series of five games (2 losses and 3 draws) without a victory in the league. They will nevertheless be able to rejoice in the state of form of the Montpellier residents, who have not won since September 17 (5 defeats and 2 draws). We therefore hope that the Morbihannais have been able to fully recover during the last six weeks to move forward and push the Pailladins a little further.
8 games in a row without a win against Montpellier
Year after year, the MHSC has established itself as the real nemesis of the Hakes. As proof, FC Lorient’s last victory against the Occitans dates back to October 28, 2015. The Bretons then won (3-2) in the round of 16 of the League Cup. But since then, there have been 5 defeats and 3 draws for the Lorient people. Will Régis Le Bris’ men succeed in overcoming the curse this Thursday?
15 goals for the Moffi/Ouattara duo
As we know, the Moffi / Ouattara tandem has been almost unstoppable since the start of the season. With 10 goals in the space of 15 days, the Nigerian is on the podium of top scorers in Ligue 1 behind Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. The Burkinabé who made him shake the net 5 times, also turned into a decisive passer with his 5 distributed offerings. And even if the outcome of the match is undecided for the moment, one thing is in any case almost certain, there will be goals since the Hakes have only been silent once this season.