Lorient vs Nice Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Lorient vs Nice Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Nice will be aiming to close the gap at the top of the Ligue 1 table when they travel to the Stade Yves Allainmat - Le Moustoir to take on Lorient on Saturday evening. Lorient were beaten 4-0 on the road at Saint-Etienne last time out in Ligue 1, conceding two goals in each half. Nice fought back from two-goal down to secure a 2-2 draw on the road at Rennes thanks to goals from Anastasios Donis and Valentin Eysseric. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview. 

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Lorient Preview

Lorient’s three-game unbeaten streak in all competitions ended at the weekend, as they were thrashed 4-0 on the road at Saint-Etienne. This means that Lorient are still rock bottom of the Ligue 1 table, tied on 22 points with the 19th-placed SC Bastia, three points behind safety. Keeping the ball out of their own net has been Lorient’s main issue throughout this Ligue 1 campaign, as they hold the worst defensive record in the division with 51 goals conceded in 25 league fixtures. However, they looked a bit better at the back in Ligue 1 recently, having conceded just two goals in two league outings before their recent heavy defeat at the hands of St. Etienne. The good news is that Lorient looked decent going forward throughout the season, having scored 27 goals in 25 league fixtures this season. Benjamin Moukandjo is leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 7 goals and one assist in his 15 league appearances. Sylvain Marveaux has also played a vital part in Lorient’s performances throughout the season, helping the team with four goals and four assists in his 15 league appearances. Despite the recent struggle, Lorient can count on their home form ahead of this clash, as they have only lost once in their last six home fixtures in all competitions. Furthermore, Lorient have scored at least two goals in five of their last six home games across all competitions. In addition, Lorient are undefeated in the last six home meetings with Nice in all competitions, winning three and drawing three in this term.

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Nice Preview

On the flip side, Nice have endured an inconsistent run of form recently, but the good news is they have only lost once in their last six league outings. They head into this clash on the back of a two-game unbeaten run in Ligue 1, including a 2-2 away draw at Rennes last time out. This leaves Nice in third spot in the standings with 53 points to their name after 25 rounds, just two points off the second-placed Paris Saint-Germain and five points behind the current leaders Monaco. Nice’s secret for their good performances throughout the season has been their solid defence, as they have only conceded 20 goals in 25 league fixtures. At the other end of the pitch, Nice managed a decent tally of 41 goals this season, including 11 from their top scorer Alassane Plea. Mario Balotelli has also helped the team with nine goals this season, but he got injured again last time out against Rennes and is a doubt ahead of this clash. The bad news is that Nice aren’t regarded as good travellers, as they have lost three and drawing four in their last ten away games across all competitions. Head-to-head, Nice were on a five-game unbeaten run prior to their 2-1 defeat in Coupe de France at the beginning of January. 

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Lorient Team News

Pape Abdou Paye, Michael Ciani and Ibrahima Sory Conte are all doubts, but Maxime Barthelme is out with a sprained knee injury. 

Nice Team News

Olivier Boscagli and Mario Balotelli are both doubts, but Ricardo Pereira is definitely out through injury. 

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Betting Predictions and Tips

Lorient have been incredibly strong in front of their fans recently, particularly up front, as they have scored at least two goals in five of their last six home games in all competitions. Furthermore, Lorient are unbeaten in their last six home meetings with Nice in all competitions. On the flip side, Nice are winless in their last seven away games in all competitions and conceded at least two goals in five of these. This having been said, I’m backing Lorient to pick up at least one point in this one, but I’m also expecting a high-scoring affair. 

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Over 2.5 goals at 19/20

Lorient saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Nice

Nice saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Lorient

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Lorient Form Guide

Lorient Team Logo

Lorient

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
W A

14-09-2018

Ligue 2

Red Star Team Logo Red Star

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

21-09-2018

Ligue 2

Clermont Foot Team Logo Clermont Foot

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

28-09-2018

Ligue 2

Orleans Team Logo Orleans

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

05-10-2018

Ligue 2

Nancy Team Logo Nancy

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

12-10-2018

Club Friendlies

Guingamp Team Logo Guingamp

FT 2 - 3

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

20-10-2018

Ligue 2

Brest Team Logo Brest

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

D H

26-10-2018

Ligue 2

Metz Team Logo Metz

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

31-10-2018

League Cup

Toulouse Team Logo Toulouse

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

03-11-2018

Ligue 2

AS Beziers Team Logo AS Beziers

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

09-11-2018

Ligue 2

Paris FC Team Logo Paris FC

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

Nice Form Guide

Nice Team Logo

Nice

Won

6

Draw

1

Lost

3
W H

14-09-2018

Ligue 1

Rennes Team Logo Rennes

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

22-09-2018

Ligue 1

Montpellier Team Logo Montpellier

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

25-09-2018

Ligue 1

Nantes Team Logo Nantes

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

29-09-2018

Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain Team Logo Paris Saint-Germain

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

05-10-2018

Ligue 1

Toulouse Team Logo Toulouse

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

21-10-2018

Ligue 1

Marseille Team Logo Marseille

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

28-10-2018

Ligue 1

Bordeaux Team Logo Bordeaux

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

31-10-2018

League Cup

Auxerre Team Logo Auxerre

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

03-11-2018

Ligue 1

Amiens Team Logo Amiens

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

10-11-2018

Ligue 1

Nimes Team Logo Nimes

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

Lorient Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Nice Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Lorient vs Nice Sidelined Players

Lorient
13 Michael Ciani Injured
14 Jeremie Aliadiere Injured
17 Walid Mesloub Suspended
Nice
21 Ricardo Pereira Injured
14 Alassane Plea Injured

Head to Head
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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
40 GK Benjamin Lecomte 184 78
25 RB Vincent Le Goff 175 67
5 CD Zargo Toure 185 73
15 CD Mathieu Peybernes 184 80
34 LB Erwin Koffi 179 78
10 CM Sylvain Marveaux 172 66
9 CM Abdul Majeed Waris 172 71
27 CM Jimmy Cabot 164 60
7 CDM Arnold Mvuemba 174 70
6 CDM Francois Bellugou 186 70
12 CF Benjamin Moukandjo 179 76
No. Pos Player M kg
30 GK Yoan Cardinale 181 84
29 RB Dalbert 181 70
31 CD Dante 187 82
4 CD Paul Baysse 184 82
2 LB Arnaud Souquet 174 70
6 CM Jean Michael Seri 168 67
24 CM Mounir Obbadi 172 60
25 CM Wylan Cyprien 181 74
13 LF Valentin Eysseric 181 73
9 CF Mario Balotelli 189 88
5 RF Younes Belhanda 174 75