Montpellier didn’t really stood a chance last round away at Lille (lost 2-0). The entire game was moderately dominated by Lille and there were no doubts where the 3 points will go.
Still, in-spite of the poor display, Montpellier can be considered to be in a good moment. An important aspect is the continuity, as in 2014 they had virtually no problems with injuries. The levels of chemistry skyrocketed this year, even with a newly transferred striker (Niang).
Even if they don’t have any real expectations for this season, on home round Montpellier are very determined and prone to big efforts.
Opponents Bordeaux lost on home ground against a depleted Lyon (2-1). Bordeaux were lucky to open the score quite early and only concentrated on killing the game afterwards. They didn’t even bothered to test Lyon’s goalkeeper anymore.
Bordeaux ended up losing the game because of 2 goals conceded in extra time. This defeat surely demoralized players and we may see them being more apathetic than usual.
Central defender Henrique, who used to be Bordeaux’s most stable player, is nothing but a caricature nowadays. He is slower than ever, constantly bumps heads with teammates and makes so many errors nobody can keep track anymore.
Bordeaux will welcome back winger Maurice-Belay, but there are no news regarding the conditions of the other winger Faubert and striker Diabate, so most likely they will sit out again.
In terms of dedication there shouldn’t be any doubts that Montpellier will be superior. Also when it comes to finding solutions in the attacking phase or the ability to close ranks at the back, Montpellier also have a clear advantage.
Montpellier to win at 1.98
UPDATE: Bordeaux will also miss keeper Carrasso and central defender Planus. Very difficult game for them. Increased confidence in Montpellier.
Montpellier: Pionnier, Jourdren – Congré, Hilton, Tiéné, El Kaoutari, Deplagne, Jebbour – J.Marveaux, J.Martin, Cabella, Sanson, Stambouli – Mounier, Mb.Niang, So.Camara, Montaño, Deza
Olimpa, Jug – Henrique, Mariano, L.Sané, Poundjé, Pellenard, Chalmé, Orban – Biyogo-Poko, Sertic, Kaabouni, Maurice-Belay – Hoarau, Saivet, Jussiê, Rolan, Bellion