Feb 1, 2014 at 3.30pm UK at ​Stade du Moustoir
Lorient
2-2
MonacoAS Monaco
Aboubakar (12'), Aliadiere (73')
Traore (26'), Bourillon (76')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Germain (41'), Kurzawa (87')
Fabinho (29')

Preview: Lorient vs. AS Monaco

Monaco's French forward Emmanuel Riviere (L) vies for the ball with Marseille's Brazilian defender Lucas Mendes (R) during the French L1 football match on January 26, 2014
© Getty Images
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Ligue 1 encounter between Lorient and title-chasing AS Monaco at the Stade du Moustoir.

AS Monaco go into Saturday's away meeting with Lorient looking to keep up the pressure on league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who will have already played their weekend fixture on Friday night against Bordeaux.

Claudio Ranieri's side have been in good form of late, having bounced back from two poor results against Montpellier and Valenciennes with two straight Ligue 1 wins.

The Southern French side will also have one eye on the chasing pack, with Lille doing their best to keep within touching distance in third place.

The club's main focus will be on ensuring all three points, though, as they will host PSG in their following league fixture next weekend, meaning that a win at Lorient will leave Monaco's Ligue 1 fate well within their own hands.

Valere Germain and Emmanuel Riviere provided the goals against Marseille in their last fixture to silence the club's doubters following Radamel Falcao's injury, with this weekend's fixture providing further opportunity to prove that Monaco are not merely a one-man team.

The hosts have important matters at hand too, with 10th-placed Lorient looking to stave off competition from Toulouse who trail by only three points in 11th and also have a game in hand.

Lorient's chances of victory may depend on the performance of leading scorer Vincent Aboubakar, who has bagged 11 goals in all competitions and contributed to his side's average of 1.32 goals per game.

Previous history does not look too kindly on Saturday's hosts, however, with Monaco running out winners in their last two Ligue 1 meetings in 2013 and 2011.

Recent form

Lorient: WWDLWD

AS Monaco: WWLDWW

Possible starting lineups

Lorient: Reynet; Gassama, Ecuele, Lautoa, Guerreiro, Jouffre, Bourillon, Traore, Monnet-Paquet, Aliadiere, Aboubakar

AS Monaco: Subasic; Raggi, Carvalho, Abidal, Kurzawa, Kondogbia, Toulalan, Moutinho, Rodriguez, Riviere, Germain

Sports Mole says: 1-2

Monaco's Anthony Martial in action against Rennes on November 30, 2013
Read Next:
Anthony Martial extends Monaco deal
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG330011299
2AS MonacoMonaco33008359
3Saint-EtienneSt Etienne33005059
4Lyon32109457
5Marseille32105147
6Bordeaux31207525
7Angers31205325
8Troyes31113304
9Montpellier HSCMontpellier31112204
10StrasbourgStrasbourg311145-14
11Nice31023303
12Caen31022203
13Lille310235-23
14GuingampGuingamp310236-33
15NantesNantes310214-33
16Toulouse310259-43
17Rennes302145-12
18Dijon301239-61
19Metz300316-50
20AmiensAmiens300307-70
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand