After three consecutive Ligue1 defeats and an elimination from Europa League it can said Lyon had a really poor start of the season. They had significant problems with injuries and it took a while for them to adapt and learn how to play without some exponential players.
Now it doesn’t matter anymore if key players will be injured or suspended, Lyon can deal with their absence.
Especially the offensive players were in excellent form just before the international break. Forward Lacazette scored a hat-trick last round against Lille (Lyon won 3-0) and it won’t be long now until powerful clubs (most probably from England) will start bombarding him with offers.
Youngsters Fekir and N’Jie are also in top form and keep impressing in every single round by delivering assists, scoring or simply creating numerical superiority.
Even forward Malbranque who is only a substitute nowadays (because Gourcuff returned from injury) seem to be more in-form and creative than ever.
In defense however things don’t look that good. Fullbacks Jallet and Bedimo have offensive mentalities and often adventure upfront leaving open spaces on the flanks. Same goes for defensive midfielder Gonalons whose performances are only average.
Montpellier gave up too early last round against Nice and as a consequence they were equalized in the dying moments (finished 1-1).
Guests’ strongest part is undoubtedly the defense with experienced Hilton and El Kaoutari in center and fullbacks that rarely leave their positions. Also the support from central midfielders is constant and well timed.
The only problem is upfront where Barrios hasn’t adapted yet (or he simply lacks skills…) and Montpellier have to rely on midfielders both for creating chances and converting them. In these conditions exhaustion easily appears and midfielders become invisible in the final quarter.
Montpellier may miss midfielder Saihi and fullback Deplagne as both of them are highly doubtful.
Lyon appear to be more confident in this moment but Montpellier’s stable defense may have the necessary weapons to reject all incoming actions. Live betting could be a good option for this game after watching the first 20 minutes.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – B.Koné, Bisevac, Tolisso, Bedimo, Jallet, Umtiti, Zeffane – Gonalons, Malbranque, Mvuemba, Ferri, Y.Gourcuff – Lacazette, Njie, Fékir, M.Yattara
Montpellier: Jourdren, Pionnier – Congré, Hilton, Tiéné, El Kaoutari, Jebbour – J.Marveaux, J.Martin, Lasne, Sanson, Saihi, B.Dabo – Mounier, Bérigaud, Montaño, S.Camara, Barrios, Deza