St Etienne controlled the game against Metz last week, but had clear difficulties getting inside opponents’ penalty box. The difference was made only in the final 5 minutes, when St Etienne scored twice and won 3-1.
Forward Diony once again had a disappointing performance and barely touched the ball. Wingers Cabella and Hamouma did most of the work, like it often happens at St Etienne.
Last round midfielders Pajot and Dabo were very active in the attacking phase (Pajot even scored), but it may have been only an isolated incident (maybe because they played against 20th placed), as they usually don’t advance that much.
Montpellier won a total of 5 points from the games against PSG, Monaco and Nice. That’s a great achievement, and they are surely bursting with confidence at the moment.
Last week they dominated the game against Nice, held more possession and created more scoring opportunities (won 2-0). They could have scored more goals, but attacking players seemed a bit hesitant.
They visibly improved in defense lately, and when they close ranks there’s absolutely no way through.
Hosts will miss defenders Perrin, Pierre Gabriel, Pogba and midfielder Dabo. Montpellier will be without fullback Roussillon and winger Berigaud.
If Montpellier will show the same focus as in previous rounds, their defenders can easily annihilate wingers Hamouma and Cabella. Montpellier +0.25 at 2.01