Montpelleir started with only 1 real forward last round away at Lyon and still managed to score 4 goals (won 4-2). They are sitting on 3 consecutive victories and there is a clear improvement in their play, especially in the attacking phase.
In defense they are still conceding goals, quite a few…, but that is no reason to worry as long as they are able to outscore opponents.
Confidence is at maximum levels and this makes some players unrecognizable, especially midfielders who now make excellent one touch passes with eyes closed.
Montpellier will have to do without fullback Bansebaini who is suspended. But on the other hand they will welcome back creative midfielder Sanson and forward Yatabare who should go straight into the lineup.
Ajaccio couldn’t impose the rythm last week against Lorient, because opponents embraced a defensive attitude and did their best to kill the game (finished 1-1).
Ajaccio realized they need to score goals first of all for surviving in Ligue1, and they have been pretty attacking minded as of late, scoring at least once in the last 5 Ligue1 encounters and finally managing to escape the relegation zone. This strategy paid off for Ajaccio and there is absolutely no reason to change formation or attitude.
Guests will have do to without midfielder Ducourtioux who is heavily involved in the defensive phase.
Midweek games can be tricky, especially for small sides who can’t afford to rotate, but when both teams rely primarily on the attacking phase goals should be a natural consequence. over 2.25 goals at 2.02
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Montpellier: Lafont, Goicoechea – Matheus, I.Diop, Spajic, Tisserand, Yago – Akpa Akpro, A.Blin, Didot, Machach, Bodiger, Regattin, Sómalia, Trejo, Sirieix – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic
Gazelec Ajaccio: Goda, Guérin – Coeff, Filippi, Bréchet, I.Sylla, Mangane, Vittini – Youga, Poggi, Le Moigne, Larbi, Djokovic – Zoua, Boutaïb, Mayi, Dia, Tshibumbu