Last round Montpellier started the game against Nice very shy and conceded quite early in the game. The conceded goal rang some alarm bells and pretty soon they took charge of the game and managed to bounce back and take all three points (won 2-1).
The way Montpellier looked in the 2nd half reminded everyone of the beginning of 2015 when Montpellier got 3 consecutive victories and used to score at least 2 goals per game. Forward Barrios found the net again after a couple of disappointing rounds.
From a defensive point of view Montpellier looked vulnerable when defending against fast paced actions. Fouling the opponent was the only solution and they even gave away a penalty.
Last round Lyon entered the break with a minimum advantage but got superficial in second half, prematurely withdrew in defense and it was not long before opponents found the equalizer and even scored the winner (Lille won 2-1).
Lyon have the best attack in Ligue1 with 1.88 goals score per game. With Lacazette and Fekir upfront absolutely all Ligue1 defenders have major headaches when playing against Lyon.
There is a constant competition for the attacking midfielder position with Ghezzal and Gourcuff being rotated each round and both of them trying hard to earn a position in the lineup for future rounds.
Unfortunately in defense things don’t look that good with fullbacks often leaving their positions and central defenders easily outplayed at 1 on 1 duels.
Montpellier will definitely want to build on last week’s success and even if Lyon will try to be more careful in the attempt to protect the 1st position in the standings they will have to adapt to the rythm imposed by Montpellier. An attractive encounter is foreseen with fast paced actions, many scoring opportunities and a couple of goals. Over 2.25 goals at 1.98
UPDATE: Midfielder Wuthrich, transferred-in this winter from Sion, is in the first time in Montpellier’s squad.
Montpellier: Jourdren, Ligali – Congré, Tiéné, Hilton, El Kaoutari, Deplagne, J.Marveaux, B.Dabo, Lasne, Sanson, Saihi, Wüthrich – Mounier, Bérigaud, Barrios, So.Camara, Bakar –
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, Rose, Bedimo, M.Dabo – Tolisso, Gonalons, Ferri, Malbranque, Y.Gourcuff, Ghezzal – Fekir, Cornet, Njie, M.Yattara, Lacazette