In contrast, the hosts have slumped to back-to-back defeats to Lille and Nimes after a previously-promising run of performances.
Lorient's hot streak was never going to last forever, and there is no shame in coming out second best against league leaders Lille, but defeat to another relegation rival in Nimes was certainly a harsh reality check for the previously in-form Merlus.
Even with influential winger Zinedine Ferhat unavailable through suspension, Nimes stalwart Renaud Ripart bagged the winner from the penalty spot in the 88th minute as Les Crocodiles' revolution under Pascal Plancque continued, but the concerning signs are arising again for Lorient.
Christophe Pelissier witnessed his side win four and draw two in six consecutive matches before their defeat to Lorient, and they missed a prime opportunity to clamber to safety in midweek, with Nimes managing to climb out of the bottom three, while Lorient remain in the automatic relegation places after 26 matches.
However, Nimes next face 18th-placed Nantes in another relegation six-pointer later on Sunday, so the importance of a victory for Les Merlus against Saint-Etienne cannot be understated this weekend - especially if Les Crocodiles' battle with Les Canaris ends with the spoils shared.
Prior to their 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Lille, Lorient had strung together a four-game winning streak on home soil and have notched up 12 goals in their last six at the Stade du Moustoir, so Saint-Etienne's new-found defensive resolve will undoubtedly be tested to the limit this weekend.
A 1-1 stalemate with fellow mid-tablers Reims was hardly the most positive result for Saint-Etienne, and it took a late equaliser from Charles Abi to salvage a point for Claude Puel's side after El Bilal Toure drew first blood in the 72nd minute.
Nevertheless, that result extended Saint-Etienne's unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to five matches, with Les Verts now the only team outside of the top five not to have lost any of their last five, and any whispers of demotion will become all the more quiet if Puel's side can continue their solid streak.
Saint-Etienne are not exactly renowned for any high-scoring affairs, but their defence has now recorded three clean sheets from their most recent five outings in the top flight, and victory at the Stade du Moustoir would see Puel's side record three consecutive away wins in Ligue 1 for the first time since late 2019.
Les Verts have beaten Nice and Rennes on the road in recent weeks - keeping two clean sheets to boot - and only two of their last seven matches on unfamiliar territory have ended in defeat, so they will be desperate to keep that strong run going in order to move further away from the dreaded dotted line.
Saint-Etienne kicked off their season with a 2-0 home win over Lorient back in August, and they have won seven out of their last eight against Les Merlus in all competitions - keeping clean sheets in all of those wins.
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Lorient lost Jeremy Morel to a hip injury before their showdown with Nimes and his involvement this weekend is uncertain, although fellow defender Vincent Le Goff made his return from coronavirus in midweek.
Midfielder Trevoh Chalobah returns for this game having served a suspension for an accumulation of bookings, but he may struggle to force his way into the first XI.
Romain Hamouma would be free to come back into the Saint-Etienne lineup after serving a suspension, but the veteran winger is still nursing a hamstring problem.
Lorient possible starting lineup:
Dreyer; Mendes, Laporte, Gravillon, Le Goff; Abergel, Monconduit, Le Fee; Lauriente, Moffi, Wissa
Saint-Etienne possible starting lineup:
Moulin; Debuchy, Moukoudi, Cisse, Trauco; Camara, Neyou, Gourna-Douath; Nordin, Abi, Bouanga
We say: Lorient 1-2 Saint-Etienne
Pelissier admitted that the loss of Morel is a big blow to his side, and the veteran's potential absence this weekend could spell trouble once again for the hosts. Saint-Etienne's resilient defence has been a staple of their improved fortunes recently, and with confidence high in the Verts camp, we are backing a narrow away win.