Montpellier were eliminated from the Cup after losing 1-0 to Ajaccio. Montpellier don’t really like the favorite status as their major weakness is the attacking department who fails to create a decent number of chances per game and also fails when it comes to converting opportunities.
Montpellier have a strong defense and rely too much on it. Montpellier believe they can reject all incoming actions, regardless the opponents, and at times concentrate fully on defending and striking on counters. But you can’t strike on counters with forwards like Barrios or Montano who lack efficiency and pragmatism.
Montpellier need a real striker otherwise they will continue to use midfielders both for creating and converting chances, strategy that will make them feel in numerical inferiority.
Evian were also eliminated from the Cup after losing 2-1 against Lorient. Recently central defenders once again started to make mistakes almost like in the beginning of the season when watching Evian defend was like going to the circus.
Fullbacks are also a bit careless now, especially Abdallah whose errors proved to be decisive lately.
There may be even more defensive problems against Montpellier as central defender Mensah will miss through suspension. Evian isn’t really the kind of team to outplay opponents so any mistake in defense can prove to be vital.
Upfront they rely first of all on play-maker Wass for initiating most of the actions and sometimes even for scoring.
Both sides are offensively weak so from this point of view this game will be pretty boring. Montpellier will struggle to honor their favorite status and remains to be seen if Evian’s defenders will once again make unforced mistakes and facilitate Montpellier’s job.
UPDATE: Montpellier welcome back attacking player Bakar after a long period of injury.
Montpellier: Jourdren, Ligali – Congré, Hilton, Tiéné, El Kaoutari, Deplagne – J.Marveaux, J.Martin, Lasne, Sanson, Saihi – Mounier, Bérigaud, Barrios, Montaño, S.Camara, Bakar, Ribelin
Evian: Hansen, B.Leroy – Abdallah, Cambon, Sabaly, Angoula, Juelsgaard – D.Koné, Sorlin, Tejeda, Wass, Camus, Thomasson, Benezet, Barbosa, Ninkovic – Bruno, Nielsen