With safety assured, and early season dreams of a European push now firmly in the rear view mirror, Lorient find themselves in the awkward territory of having little left to play for. Boss Régis Le Bris may see that as a positive given he now has a chance to experiment a little with nothing on the line ahead of next season, which will be Lorient’s fourth in a row in the top-flight.
Whatever happens in their remaining five games, this season has been a success for Lorient, who are on course to post their highest Ligue 1 finish since they ended the 2013/14 season in eighth. Those ambitions were boosted by an eye-catching 3-1 win away at PSG in the last round, now offering Le Bris’ men the chance to secure back-to-back league victories for the first time since October 2022.
Despite starting Wednesday night inside the extended Ligue 1 drop zone, Brest’s 2-0 midweek win over fellow strugglers Nantes lifted them up to 14th ahead of the round. That victory continued their revival as they are now six league games unbeaten (W3, D3), though the fact all three wins came at home and each of the draws came on the road suggests their chances of securing back-to-back Ligue 1 triumphs for the first time this season appear slim.
A repeat of the result in this corresponding fixture last season would be enough to secure that feat, with Brest coming from behind to win this Derby Breton 2-1. Considering they’ve lost all six away Ligue 1 matches this season in which they have conceded first though, lightning striking twice appears a far-fetched possibility, and it could in fact work the other way given Brest have dropped points after scoring first in two of their last three away league games.
Players to watch: Loirent’s Bamba Dieng was on target with a game-closing goal in their victory at PSG, but he has opened the scoring inside ten minutes in their last two home league wins. Vying against him for first blood, Brest’s Pierre Lees-Melou has netted the game’s opener in two of their last three away league outings.
Hot streak: None of Lorient’s last six home league games have seen both teams score.