Lorient are without a win in 6 games (D3, L3) and they have little to play for as they're 11pts above the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 and 15pts below the European places.
On their artificial pitch Lorient normally play well (6-5-2) but they have yet to win at home to top-half opposition all season (D5, L2). Last weekend they could only draw 1-1 with Bastia, generally poor travellers (1-6-7).
St Etienne are chasing a Champions League spot as they lie just a point behind 3rd-placed Lille, and they were excellent in beating second-placed Monaco 2-0 last weekend.
Les Verts have lost 5 of 13 away games (5-3-5) but 4 of those 5 defeats came against sides currently higher than Lorient in the table. Against sides currently in the bottom-half St Etienne's record is W5-D2-L1.
Posted on 7 Mar 2014,21:05 GMT