Lyon were lucky to return home with a point from their trip to Marseille last round (finished 1-1), seeing that opponents managed to create the most dangerous scoring opportunities.
This is a difficult period for Lyon as they are missing two key players, defensive midfielder Gonalons and forward Lacazette. They have plenty of other talented players, but most of them are young and don’t have Gonalons and Lacazette’s experience. Take Tousart for example, he is the one who is currently replacing Gonalons in the lineup, he is extremely skilled, but only 19, and doesn’t always make the best decisions.
The good news is that they will welcome back midfielder Valbuena and forward Fekir. They haven’t play much this season, but will definitely improve the attacking strength.
Montpellier are coming after three consecutive draws (all finished 1-1), games in which they appeared very soft both in defense and upfront.
The major strength is by far the midfield with Boudebouz, Sanson and Skhiri, but their efforts can often be in vain since Montpellier don’t have a decent striker.
Montpellier also lacks speed, especially in defense where players are really slow and can easily be outrun. The good thing is that fullbacks don’t advance much, and there is never the risk of being caught on the wrong foot.
Lyon’s defense in 3 looks very confident lately, and the way Montpellier perform at the moment it will be almost impossible for them to find the net (unless they score from a penalty like last round). Lyon should easily manage to impose the rythm and find the net a couple of times. LYON -1 at 2.19
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lyon : Gorgelin, A.Lopes – Mammana, J.Morel, Rafael, Rybus, Yanga-Mbiwa – Darder, Ferri, Kemen, Tolisso, Tousart – Cornet, Fekir, Ghezzal, Mateta, Valbuena
Montpellier : Jourdren, Pionnier – Poaty, Vanden Borre, Deplagne, Hilton, W.Rémy, Congré, Roussillon – Skhiri, Y.Sylla, J.Marveaux, Sanson, Boudebouz – Ninga, Bérigaud, Mounié, S.Camara