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FC Lorient head to Stade de l'Abbé Deschamps on Friday for the Ligue 1 showdown with home side AJ Auxerre.
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AJ Auxerre won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 5-0 Ligue 1 defeat in their last game at the hands of Rennes.
In that match, AJ Auxerre had 52% possession and 7 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. On the other side, Rennes got 12 shots on goal with 9 on target. Kamaldeen Sulemana (3'), Amine Gouiri (60'), Martin Terrier (68'), Flavien Tait (79') and Matthis Abline (85') scored for Rennes.
It has been all too rare in recent times that AJ Auxerre have kept a clean sheet. The reality is that AJ Auxerre have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 12 goals during that time.
Heading into this fixture, AJ Auxerre have not registered a win against FC Lorient in their previous 3 league matches.
FC Lorient head into the match after a 3-2 Ligue 1 win to defeat Nantes in their last game.
In that game, FC Lorient had 48% possession and 13 shots at goal with 5 on target. For FC Lorient, the goals were scored by Dango Faissal Ouattara (19'), Yoann Cathline (60') and Ibrahima Koné (74'). For their opponents, Nantes got 9 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Ignatius Ganago (13') and Moses Simon (85') scored for Nantes.
In as many as 5 of the previous 6 clashes featuring FC Lorient, three or more goals have gone in. The overall average goals scored per match within that spell is 4, with the number of goals averaged by FC Lorient being 2.17. With no two games being the same, we will just have to wait and see if the trend might be sustained here in this game.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head clashes dating back to 11/02/2012 shows that AJ Auxerre have won 2 of these & FC Lorient 1, with the tally of drawn results standing at 3.
12 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 7 of them from AJA and 5 coming from Les Merlus. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.
The previous league meeting featuring the two was Ligue 2 match day 18 on 13/12/2019 when the final score was FC Lorient 1-0 AJ Auxerre.
The match was refereed by Benjamin Lepaysant.
Team News: AJ Auxerre
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the lone fitness concern for the AJ Auxerre manager Jean-Marc Furlan to be concerned about from an otherwise fully-primed group of players. Théo Pellenard (Torn Knee Ligament) won’t play.
It’s our opinion that AJA look set to use a 4-1-4-1 formation for the game and select Benoit Costil, Paul Joly, Jubal, Alexandre Coeff, Gideon Mensah, Birama Toure, Gauthier Hein, Hamza Sakhi, Gaetan Perrin, Mathias Autret and M'Baye Niang.
Team News: FC Lorient
Due to a fully healthy group available for selection, the FC Lorient boss Régis Le Bris doesn’t have any fitness worries whatsoever before this match.
We reckon that Les Merlus seem most likely to utilise a 4-2-3-1 system by sending out Yvon Mvogo, Gedeon Kalulu, Julien Laporte, Montassar Talbi, Vincent Le Goff, Laurent Abergel, Julien Ponceau, Stephane Diarra, Enzo Le Fee, Dango Ouattara and Terem Moffi.
We’re thinking that FC Lorient and AJ Auxerre could both well score here although it’s hard to see a clear-cut winner.
Shouldn’t be much in it, and a draw looks quite a realistic result. We’re therefore anticipating a hard-fought 1-1 score draw when all is said and done.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade de l'Abbé Deschamps (18,541)
Captain: Birama Touré
Chairman: James Zhou
Manager: Jean-Marc Furlan
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 12
🔑 Key Man: Mattias Autret
Mostly played in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Mattias Autret was born in Morlaix, France. Having made a first senior appearance for Brest in the 2009 - 2010 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has got 2 league goals in the Ligue 1 2022 - 2023 season to date coming from a total of 7 appearances.