Montpellier aren’t constant in efforts throughout 90 minutes, but recently they can be deadly both from counters and from open play alike.
They are creating many chances per game and attacking players seem to be in good form and confidence, especially young striker Ninga (scored a double last week) and playmaker Boudebouz (delivered many key passes).
On paper they have a strong defensive line with Hilton and Congre in the center, but somehow they always end up conceding. If they’d be a bit more careful in defense Montpellier would surely climb the Ligue1 ladder.
It was a one sided encounter between Bordeaux and Guingamp last round, and Guingamp need to be thankful for conceding only once (Bordeaux won 1-0).
Recently Guingamp look exhausted and one on one duels are always won by opponents. Guingamp scored only once in the last three rounds as players involved in the attacking phase barely lift their legs anymore. Last round they had to do without key forward Briand who was injured and most probably will miss again this week.
In central midfield they used to be compact and confident, but now midfielders seem to sit around aimlessly and just wait for time to pass.
Guingamp will welcome back fullback Salibur after suspension.
This is a perfect opportunity for Montpellier to take advantage of Guingamp’s tiredness. Hosts are in good confidence and certainly have enough resources to corner an opponent like Guingamp. Montpellier -0.5 at 2.04
UPDATE: A couple fo important absences for Guingamp: forward Briand, midfielders Sankhare and Mathis and defender Leveque
Montpellier: Pionnier, Ligali – M.Ndiaye, Congré, Hilton, Bensebaini, Roussillon, Deplagne – J.Martin, Boudebouz, Br.Dabo, Sanson, W.Rémy, Saihi – M.Yatabaré, So.Camara, Ninga, Sotoca, Deza
Guingamp: Lössl, Guivarc’h – Sorbon, Angoua, Kerbrat, Hery, Jacobsen, Lemaître – Cardy, Dos Santos, Blas, Benezet, De Pauw, Giresse, Coco, Livolant – Privat, M.Dembélé, Salibur