[pullquote]With Montpellier’s scoring chances going to waste and Ajaccio defending in 7, we won’t see many goals in this game. 1.72 for under 2.5 goals is a safe and worthy bet.[/pullquote]Montpellier looks a bit better, as their midfielders are more and more inventive. Still the nagging problem of not having a top striker drags the team back. Whomever is used as a forward always manages to disappoint and irritate the offensive midfielders, who make lots of efforts for creating and serving. The defense looks more stable than in previous rounds, even if they still have some positioning problems (especially right back Congre). Defensive midfielder Stambouli will miss due to injury, but this may actually be a good thing, as even if he’s got speed and stamina he always runs parallel with the ball and rarely touches it. Keeper Jourdren will return and hopefully will add more stability at the back. Overall Montpellier’s biggest issues is the lack of a talented striker to convert the chances they have.
Guests always place defending above creating. Midfielders mainly focus on preempting opponents’ actions and don’t even bother to look up the field. Forward Mutu is either followed by bad luck of his years are having a say, as he totally lost his precision. The other forward Eduardo hasn’t hit the net in a while and his form divorced him. Most of us following Ligue 1 know by now that Ajaccio’s strongest point is defending in numbers and with lucidity.
With Montpellier’s scoring chances going to waste and Ajaccio defending in 7, we won’t see many goals in this game. 1.72 for under 2.5 goals is a safe and worthy bet.