Montpellier rushed upfront last round against Rennes, but they immediately decreased rhythm, after realizing they can’t cope with opponents’ counters. The approach was disappointing to start with, and Montpellier lost all points (Rennes won 1-0).
Montpellier have a good team, but unfortunately they can’t be relied upon when it comes to controlling games when they are favorites. They are much more comfortable when opponents are in charge, when they rely solely on counter attacking tactics. That is why they got great results against PSG, Monaco, Nice and St Etienne.
Amiens fought hard last round away at Guingamp and got away with a draw (finished 1-1). Their efforts should really be appreciated, especially since they played in 10 for about half an hour.
You probably know by now that Amiens rely exclusively on the defensive phase, regardless the opponent. It’s a certainty that they will never adventure upfront.
Amiens are very compact in defense and it’s usually very difficult for opponents to find a way through.
Hosts will be without fullback Roussillon.
Montpellier should be the ones imposing the rhythm, but they will struggle to get inside Amiens’ penalty box. Odds on home win are way too low and the value is on Amiens. Amiens +0.50 at 2.17
Montpellier: Pionnier, Lecomte – Aguilar, Congré, Hilton, Mendes, Mukiele, Poaty – Sambia, Lasne, Skhiri, Dolly, Piriz, Sessegnon – Sio, Mbenza, Camara, Ninga.