November 16, 2012
Lorient v Lille: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||2.0||1.4|
|Goals against *||1.3||1.3|
|Last 5 home||L-W-L-W-W||D-W-D-D-W|
|Last 5 away||L-L-W-L-D||D-L-W-W-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Lorient | Lille|
|12/14||A: AC Ajaccio||12/15||H: Bastia|
|12/22||H: Lyon||12/22||A: Paris Saint-Germain|
|1/11||A: Nantes||1/11||H: Stade de Reims|
|1/18||H: Guingamp||1/18||A: St Etienne|
|1/25||A: Valenciennes||1/25||H: Stade Rennes|
Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff has called on his side to end their downward spiral with a much-needed win over Lille in Ligue 1 tomorrow.
Lorient have not won in their last seven league games and have leaked 19 goals during that period including a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Valenciennes.
Last weekend they suffered a 4-0 home defeat by Bordeaux at the Stade du Moustoir and Gourcuff knows only a win is good enough tomorrow.
"The situation that we are currently experiencing is difficult for everyone,'' Gourcuff told the club's official website.
"These are shortcomings and scenarios that repeat themselves, confidence crumbles causing some weakness within the group.
"We must get out of this spiral. It is no longer a question of will but a question of means and confidence. We must say that we are here to play for survival.
"You must have appropriate behaviour in this situation. We must find a competitive spirit.
"A win would put the fire out and regain confidence until the return of key players. In any season, there are difficult passages with absences needing to be managed. It is imperative to stop this downward spiral.''
Despite Lorient's current poor run of form, Lille coach Rudi Garcia is on his guard about their potential threat as his side look to push into the top four.
"You never know how Lorient will be on the pitch - supercharged or in doubt. Lorient are capable of destabilising many teams but it does not change anything for us,'' he said.
"If you want to stay in contact with the best, you have to be able to get points.''
Lille midfielder Marvin Martin will miss the fixture after he was given a one-match ban for three yellow cards in the last 10 games.