Montpellier were dominated last round away at Guingamp, but still managed to create the most dangerous scoring opportunities (finished 0-0). This is actually Montpellier’s strategy. They accept, even invite opponents to take control, and then focus mostly on striking on counters.
They have the best defense in the tournament with only 8 goals conceded so far. Defenders receive constant support from 2, or sometimes even 3 midfielders, players who excel in tackling and speed.
Marseille had an easy game last round away at Metz. Opponents were disorientated and Marseille easily took charge of the game (won 3-0).
From an attacking point of view Marseille seemed unstoppable, but we must be fair and admit that Metz’s defensive strength is at Ligue 2 level.
There are no surprises in the squads.
Odds on Marseille are a bit too low and value seems to be on Montpellier, taking in consideration how they have performed even against top clubs (draws against PSG and Monaco). But since guests have players like Thauvin, Payet and Ocampos in midfield, anything can happen.
Montpellier: Lecomte, Pionnier – Aguilar, Congré, Cozza, Hilton, Mendes, Mukiele, Roussillon – Lasne, Píriz, Sambia, Sessègnon, Skhiri – Camara, Mbenza, Ninga, Sio.
Marseille: Mandanda, Pelé – Sakai, Rami, Rolando, Abdennour, Doria, Amavi – Luiz Gustavo, Anguissa, Thauvin, Ocampos, Sanson, Payet, Lopez, Sarr – Germain, Njie, Mitroglou