[pullquote]Bookies are oblivious to Lille’s current state. The odds for home just can’t be justified. With form definitely on Montpellier’s side X2 at 1.75 is the best choice for this game[/pullquote]Lille didn’t actually deserved 1 point from their last game, away at Reims. They count for nothing upfront where they are only dangerous through set pieces, when they even bring the central defenders in hope for a lucky deflection. Another strategy of theirs is to give the ball to Payet for him to try his luck with long range shots. He’s got precision, nobody denies that, but lacks power in shots and because of that he needs to double his accuracy and attempts. A central defense always in alert can successfully block his shots. Martin is out of form, Kalou is out of form, Balmont runs like crazy around the field with no purpose, they’re a mess.
No doubt that Montpellier have the momentum regarding this fixture. They have improved dramatically these past few rounds. They got more pace, they do not look even a bit tired, we can see many beautiful speedy actions on all sides of the field, they create a lot and defend lucidly in the same time. Defensive midfielder Estrada got injured and he may miss this game. This could be a blow to them, as he’s in form and omnipresent. But they have some options available with a couple of players returning from injuries. The major issue is with the finishers, as Hererra and Charbonnier don’t have the value of their teammates. Still, the offensive midfielders are there to create and convert themselves.
Bookies are oblivious to Lille’s current state. The odds for home just can’t be justified. With form definitely on Montpellier’s side X2 at 1.75 is the best choice for this game