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Bitesize Prediction: Lorient vs Strasbourg – 17/12/23

Tom Dunstan in Bundesliga, Ligue 1 16 Dec 2023


Competition: Ligue 1

Market: Both teams to score

Odds: 10/11 @ BetUS

In what could prove to be an enjoyable Ligue 1 showdown from the Stade du Moustoir on Sunday afternoon, Lorient will welcome Strasbourg to town.

Starting with the hosts, although Lorient might have shocked many across Ligue 1 last season as they punched a top-half finish, Les Merlus have come crashing back down to earth this time around. Last seen putting in another worrying performance as they slumped to an action-packed 4-2 loss at home against Marseille, Regis Le Bris finds his squad at the heart of a relegation scrap. Marking their return from November’s international break with a woeful 3-2 loss at the hands of Metz, the Brittany-based outfit have secured just a single victory from any of their previous 12 straight Ligue 1 showdowns – a run that stems all the way back to August 27th. Opening this weekend’s fixtures sat in the relegation play-off spot, Lorient have continued to show some rather glaring defensive issues. Including a 5-3 loss against Nantes on September 23rd, Le Bris’ downbeat squad have already shipped 29 top-flight strikes since opening up the 2023/24 campaign.

As for the visitors, managing to make what was a welcomed return to winning ways last weekend, Strasbourg will now be hoping to find some crucial Ligue 1 stability. Eventually claiming a 2-1 victory against Le Havre, Patrick Vieira’s side have their sights set on clinching a top-half finish this season. Drawing a line under their nightmare eight-match winless rut at the Stade de la Meinau last time out, the former Crystal Palace boss will now be calling on his side to find some much-needed defensive resolve. Opening December with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Reims, Strasbourg have recorded just a single Ligue 1 clean sheet since the start of September. However, hit with a 2-1 loss when they last travelled to Lorient back on June 3rd, the Alsace-based outfit should also be concerned by a downbeat record against Sunday’s opponents. In fact, Vieira’s side have remarkably won just one of their previous eight showdowns.

Bet: Both teams to score at Lorient vs Strasbourg 10/11 for Sunday’s Ligue 1 matchup @ BetUS


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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