Both sides recorded impressive wins in the midweek Cup games.
Montpellier succeeded in taking advantage of PSG’s inexperienced substitutes, keeper Douchez and central defender Marquinhos.
[restrict paid=true level=1]In comparison to 2013 Montpellier look infinitely better from all points of view.
Especially offensively there’s a significant improvement. A couple of Ligue1 analysts give credit to newly arrived striker Niang for upgrading the attacking phase, but I don’t think he’s got anything to do with it.
Ever since winger Mounier transferred to Montpellier (from Nice…) he was never given the chance of being a regular and building playing relations with teammates. Instead all kinds of dubious characters were preferred and Mounier’s talent went unexploited.
Now it seems that coach Courbis (2nd coach this season) realized Mounier’s real potential and made him an undisputed regular. The injury of winger Bakar also helped.
Mounier was suspended against PSG but will return for this game.
Attacking midfielder Cabella is also more confident and inspired than ever. Just like in the days when he used to partner Belhanda and Utaka in midfield and dazzle opponents with fast paced actions.
In defense Montpellier succeeded in coping with the likes of Ibrahimovic and Cavani so there’s nothing further to add about their defensive power.
Central defender El Kaoutari suffered an injury against PSG and is doubtful for this game.
Really weird game between Marseille and Nice in the Cup (Nice won 5-4). Leaving aside the high score, Marseille’s defensive performance should really raise some questions marks… Central defenders N’Kolou and Diawara simply invited Nice to score. It’s like that was their job…
We are not analyzing Marseille here, but everyone should know that Nice scoring 5 goals, with top-scorer Cvitanich on the bench, is not entirely their credit, as Marseille’s central defenders who seemed to be on drugs or something.
As you can see only by looking at past results Nice manage to score only in Cup games. In ligue1 games there’s a different story. For example last round against Ajaccio, Nice were under complete domination on home ground and every-time on counter they somehow managed to lose possession.
Striker Cvitanich is in the poorest form since transferring in France. Wingers Bautheac and Eysseric can’t compensate since they are out injured. As a result Nice’s offensive power is close to 0.
Midfielder Bruins got injured last round and will most likely miss.
The battle that could decide this game will be carried on the left flank where former Nice player winger Mounier (now Montpellier) will have Puel as opponent. Puel lacks talent and tries to compensate by being dedicated. But most of all he is in the lineup because he is the son of the coach…
In-form Mounier will have a field day against Puel, especially since he is in good form and will be extra motivated against his former club.
Montpellier to win at the price of 1.85 with medium to high stakes. Mounier to score at the odds of 4.00 is an interesting bet that can be taken with low stakes.[/restrict]