Montpellier’s biggest problem is that they can’t keep the same rythm for 90 minutes. They have a couple of talented players, especially in midfield, and are capable of impressive football, but unfortunately Montpellier have no problems in giving up initiative and letting opponents take charge.
Midfielders Boudebouz, Sanson and Martin are highly skilled and it’s a miracle how come Montpellier aren’t dominating opponents and scoring at least two per game. Only Boudebouz seemed to be playing at full potential lately, but unfortunately for Montpellier he was injured and hasn’t trained so far in 2016.
Since Montpellier aren’t capable of holding possession for long, the defensive phase suffers and so far they conceded 1.31 goals per game.
Bordeaux had major headaches in the Cup against 3rd division side Frejus and qualified further only thanks to a goal scored in the dying moments (won 3-2). They lost fullback Guilbert who got a red card and that could be a real problem seeing that Bordeaux already have defensive issues.
Bordeaux never change strategy, they adopt the same tactics regardless the opponent. They don’t bring additional forces in the defense and lost many points because of that. On the other hand their play is clean and attractive and they are always a difficult opponent.
Most probably Bordeaux will once again miss defender Pallois, midfielders Sertic and Chantome, and forward Saivet, all of them injured.
It won’t be any surprise to see Bordeaux in charge of this game, but they always get careless in defense and end up conceding. This game could be good material for betting live on goals.
UPDATE: For Montpellier forward Ninga and defender Hilton are back after injury. Bordeaux will have to do without defenders Pablo, Poundje, Sane, Guilbert, Pallois and midfielder Sertic. But at least they welcome back midfielder Chantome.
Montpellier: Pionnier, Ligali – M.Ndiaye, Congré, Hilton, Skhiri, Bensebaini, Roussillon, Deplagne – J.Martin, Boudebouz, Br.Dabo, Sanson, W.Rémy, Saihi – M.Yatabaré, So.Camara, Ninga, Cornette, Ribelin
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Yambéré, B.Traoré, Ambrose – Chantôme, Khazri, Plasil, Poko, Saivet, Ab.Traoré, Vada – Crivelli, C.Diabaté, Maurice-Belay, Rolan, T.Touré