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Flying Lorient look value to give ailing champs further problems; FOOTBALL.

MONTPELLIER v LORIENT 7pm IN-FORM Lorient travel to the Stade de la Mosson to take on reigning champions Montpellier in French Ligue 1 this evening writes Ben Roe.

The hosts have begun the new year with back-to-back wins over Moghreb Tetouan (2-0) and Bourg-Peronnas (2-1) in the League Cup and French Cup, but they face a tough assignment against Lorient as both sides return to league duties.

The visitors also started 2013 with a cup victory, beating Chauray 5-1, and although they were expected to beat their CFA 2 opponents, it was a professional performance nonetheless.

And it's also worth noting that before the Christmas break Lorient collected 13 points from a possible 15 and they look massively overpriced at 19-5 with Bet Victor to continue their good run.

Les Merius sit five points above Montpellier, who have failed to scale the heights which saw them take the Ligue 1 crown last season, and from a form point of view, they should be opposed at odds of just 10-11.

Another factor to consider is that Montpellier have a huge game against Rennes in the League Cup semi-final on the horizon, which could prove a slight distraction with the home side languishing in 11th place in the standings.

Recommendation Lorient 1pt 19-5 BetVictor

MATCH BETTINGBet365 Betfred BetVictor Blue Sq Boyle Coral Hills Lads Power Montpellier 17-20 10-11 20-23 10-11 10-11 5-6 17-20 10-11 10-11 Lorient 10-3 3 19-5 10-3 16-5 7-2 7-2 10-3 3 Draw 12-5 23-10 5-2 23-10 9-4 12-5 23-10 11-5 23-10 Best price percentage 102
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2013
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