Montpellier were really shy last week away at Toulouse, and even when opponents invited them to attack Montpellier were happy to sit back and wait for time to pass (1-1 vs Toulouse).
It was really a disappointing attitude and only one or two players seemed bothered by the collective indifference and tried to change things on their own.
This is not actually a first, as Montpellier are always reluctant to go upfront and try their luck. In-fact they have the second worst record in the league when it comes to shooting attempts (only 111 in 12 rounds. Lyon have the best record with 190 attempts).
Last week coach Courbis started with young forward Ninga in the lineup, but this time he was invisible and barely touched the ball.
Nantes were very compact in the midweek game at Nice and managed to take all points after a pragmatic game (won 2-1).
Coach der Zakarian took everyone by surprise and started with 18 years old Alegue in midfield. Nantes have plenty of talented attacking midfielders who are waiting on the bench, and in these conditions der Zakarian’s choice is even more surprising.
But the bet paid off as the young Cameroonian attacking midfielder scored his first goal for Nantes, a goal that changed the course of the game (scored after only 10 minutes).
Overall Nantes have a pretty powerful squad that belongs in the upper half of the table. The main characteristic is the vitality generated first of all by the young age.
With one or two exceptions Montpellier have been pretty apathetic so far. Nantes are exactly at the opposite end, and that should help them get at least a point. Nantes +0.25 at 2.03
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Montpellier : Pionnier, Ligali – Ndiaye, Congré, Hilton, Bensebaini, Rémy, Roussillon, Deplagne – Martin, Boudebouz, Skhiri, Dabo – Yatabaré, Camara, Ninga, Cornette, Deza
Nantes : Dupé, Ré.Riou – Cana, Dubois, Moimbé, Djidji, Sabaly, Vizcarrondo – Adryan, Alegue, Deaux, Thomasson, B.Touré – Audel, Bammou, Iloki, Sala, Sigthorsson