Although they haven’t conceded for 85 minutes Montpellier had a poor performance last week away at Rennes, and in the end the final result perfectly described the events in the field (Rennes won 1-0).
Newly arrived midfielder Boudebouz was only on the bench, maybe as a warning from coach Courbis that Montpellier don’t need wizards who can hide the ball but instead they need pragmatic players who can make a difference. Boudebouz needs to stop with unnecessary dribbling moves and focus on creating tunnels for teammates.
Central defender Hilton returned from suspension last round and there was a clear improvement in the defensive phase, but players still needed midfielders’ support for keeping opponents out of the penalty box.
In the attack Montpellier weren’t able to have a decent attempt on target and the poor fitness level is still a major issue.
Even if they scored only twice PSG fully controlled the game against Gazelec Ajaccio last round (PSG won 2-0). Their tactics may change once Di Maria will recover from injury and will become a regular, but at the moment it seems PSG prefer sending precise long balls inside the penalty box. They start all games in force and after a couple of long passes from the flanks opponents expect more to follow and mobilize inside the penalty box. But that’s when PSG get sneaky and instead serving long balls they make short passes to teammates coming from behind and take opponents by surprise. This is why we should expect midfielders Matuidi and Rabiot to score a couple of goals this season and deliver many key passes and assist.
PSG will welcome back midfielder Rabiot after suspension and most likely forward Ibrahimovic will also return after injury (still doubtful).
PSG usually strike fast, and it should be even faster against an opponent that partied all summer instead of preparing for the new season. First Half PSG -0.5 at 2.07
UPDATE: Montpellier will have to do without keeper Jourdren. PSG will once again miss Ibrahimovic and Di Maria. Midfielder Verratti and fullback Van der Wiel will also sit out. Same bet.
Montpellier: Pionnier, Ligali – Congré, Hilton, Bensebaini, W.Rémy, Roussillon, Deplagne – B.Dabo, J.Marveaux, J.Martin, Boudebouz, Lasne – Mounier, S.Camara, Bérigaud, Mounié, Bakar, Cornette
PSG: Trapp, Sirigu – Aurier, David Luiz, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Sabaly, Thiago Silva – Rabiot, Stambouli, Lucas, Matuidi, Pastore, Thiago Motta – Augustin, Cavani, Lavezzi