Montpellier made considerable efforts last week away at Guingamp and fully deserved the point they won (finished 2-2).
But more important than the draw is the fact that midfielder Sanson scored twice, his first goals in 2016, and showed increased playing appetite. Sanson should have been a key player for Montpellier this season, but was injured for a long time, and it seems that only now he finally achieved full potential.
Last week Montpellier’s midfield looked really impressive, with omnipresent Boudebouz coordinating the play, and Sanson and Martin very active. Especially in the attacking phase Montpellier were really surprising and looked very different in comparison to previous rounds, when Boudebouz used to be a one man show.
Hosts will welcome back forward Ninga and defender Congre after suspension.
Lyon struggled a bit last week away at Lorient, mostly because opponents’ central midfielders had only defensive tasks. Lyon made the difference only in the final 10 minutes when they scored twice, after both creative midfielders Valbuena and Grenier entered the field (Lyon won 3-1).
Valbuena and Grenier missed a few rounds due to injury, but now things are back to normal, and at least Valbuena should be a starter this round.
Lyon are third at the moment and judging solely by their offensive phase, they fully deserve to participate in Champions League next season. Unfortunately they concede way too many goals, and there are no changes in their playing style, not as long as they are able to outscore the opponent.
Guests will welcome back midfielder Gonalons and fullback Rafael after suspension.
Lyon won’t encounter the same tough opposition in midfield as they did last round. Montpellier’s midfielders are offensive minded and in great form at the moment, so the focus should be on the attacking phase. An open encounter should be expected with plenty of scoring opportunities and at least three goals. OVER 2.5 GOALS at 2.05
UPDATE: Great news for Lyon, they welcome back important forward Fekir after a long injury. Montpllier’s keeper Joyrdren will also return after being injured for many rounds.
Montpellier: Jourdren, Pionnier – Rémy, Hilton, Congré, Roussillon, Ndiaye, Skhiri, Dabo, Marveaux, Saihi, Martin, Sanson, Boudebouz, Camara, Ninga, Yatabaré, Bak
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, Yanga-Mbiwa, Umtiti, B.Koné, Jallet, Rafael – Gonalons, Ferri, Darder, Kemen, Tolisso, Grenier, Valbuena – Ghezzal, Lacazette, Cornet, Fekir