Montpellier started last round in force and were already 3-0 up after only half an hour. Opponents Angers missed a couple of key players and Montpellier exploited at maximum.
In second half Montpellier took the foot off the gas and conceded twice, but still won without emotions (finished 3-2).
Montpellier have alternating performances, and in one game offensive players seem like Ballon d’Or candidates, but the next round they play like amateurs. Last week for example the triangles Boudebouz – Berigaud – Yatabare were simply amazing and opponents didn’t stood a chance.
Unfortunately Montpellier aren’t constant in efforts and we never know what next round can bring.
Only one thing is for sure, they will welcome back important midfielder Martin after suspension.
Lille’s victory over Lyon last round was fully deserved (won 1-0), even if opponents appeared more determined in the offensive phase and also played in 10 for about half an hour.
Maybe Lille should have been a bit more determined especially after Lyon got a red card, but all in all it was a convincing and promising performance.
Playmaker Boufal was once again the best player, not necessarily because he scored the winner, but because he was extremely active and constantly tried to create opportunities for teammates.
There are many similarities between these teams. They use the same formation, they rely heavily on a single player (Boudebouz for Montpellier and Boufal for Lille) and the defense is the strongest part for both sides. These teams can easily neutralize each-other and split points in the end. A goalless draw shouldn’t be ruled out.
UPDATE: Montpellier will miss forward Camara, but welcome back keeper Pionnier. Lille will have to do without midfielder Balmont, but Obbadi return after injury.
Montpellier: Pionnier, Ligali – Hilton, Congré, Roussillon, W.Rémy, Deplagne, Bensebaini – Saihi, B.Dabo, J.Martin, Skhiri, Boudebouz – Sotoca, Bakar, Ninga, M.Yatabaré, Bérigaud
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Soumaoro, Civelli, Sunzu, Pavard, Y.Koné – Mavuba, Obbadi, Amadou, M.Amalfitano, Bauthéac, Boufal, R.Lopes – Benzia, Tallo, Eder