Impressive performance from Montpellier last round away at in-form Guingamp. Montpellier dominated from all points of view and they could have easily won by a bigger margin (finished 2-0) especially after missing a penalty and a few other clear opportunities.
The defense was rock solid and opponents were forced to try their luck mostly from outside the penalty box as there was no way to get inside.
Coach Courbis gave Sanson more offensive tasks and the latter even managed to score after a long period of hibernation. Not only Sanson but all players made great efforts and in the end Montppelier fully deserved to take all points.
When it comes to recent performances Nice are at the opposite end. Leaving aside the fact Nice couldn’t find the net in the last 4 rounds, last week Nice had a Ligue2 performance against regional rivals Monaco (Monaco won 1-0).
Nice played in numerical superiority for an entire half but could only approach the penalty box from set pieces and long balls.
Nice’s game was full of personal errors and it culminated with a ball served to opponents on a silver platter by defender Gomis, action that sealed the fate of the game.
Nice will most probably have to do without defenders Palun and Genevois who suffered injuries last round. It is worth mentioning that first choice central defender Bodmer is also out injured for a couple of rounds already.
The momentum definitely belongs to Montpellier who should be able to build on last week’s success. Montpellier -0.50 at 2.12
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back forward Barrios after injury. Guests will also welcome back fullback Puel after injury and winger Bautheac after suspension.
Montpellier: Jourdren, Ligali – Congré, Hilton, Tiéné, El Kaoutari, Deplagne – J.Marveaux, Mounier, B.Dabo, Lasne, Sanson, Saihi – Bérigaud, Barrios, So.Camara, Bakar
Nice: Hassen, Pouplin – Amavi, Boscagli, Diawara, Genevois, Gomis, G.Puel – Albert, Carlos Eduardo, Eysseric, Hult, Koziello, Mendy, – Bosetti, Constant, Maupay, Plea