Troyes were simply humiliated last week away at Marseille and the confidence levels must have dropped dramatically following that result.
Believe it or not the game was played mostly in midfield but Marseille’s individual talent made all the difference. Troyes’ defenders were easily outplayed and they could barely make a successful tackle. Defending the flanks is a real headache for Troyes and even if fullback Mavinga will return from suspension there won’t be any real improvement.
Troyes are happy to adopt an offensive attitude both with and without the ball. They try to make an aggressive pressing game but this only wears them down and opens more spaces for opponents. This is why they conceded 9 goals in just 2 rounds.
Central defender Kone suffered a serious injury and will miss for a couple of weeks.
Even if they lost all games so far Montpellier improved since the beginning of the season. Last round against PSG Bakar was the lone striker and Montpellier looked better as the actions between winger Mounier and Bakar had a good flow and took opponents by surprise. The other winger Lasne still needs to pick up rythm but he is also more active than in previous rounds.
Attacking midfielder Boudebouz started to cooperate more with teammates and even delivered a couple of key passes.
Montpellier played only 2 friendlies this summer and it took a while for them to get started but now positive results should follow.
Troyes may be eager to wash away the shame but that will only make them more careless against a side that visibly improved. Montpellier DNB at 2.16
UPDATE: As expected Troyes will miss defender Kone but welcome back defender Rincon and midfielder Bienvenu.
TROYES: Dreyer, Petric – Karaboué, Mavinga, Martins-Pereira, Othon, Saunier, Rincon – Camus, Court, Darbion, Nivet, Pi, Thiago – Bienvenu, Cabot, Jean, B.Perea
MONTPELLIER: Pionnier, Ligali – Congré, Hilton, Bensebaini, W.Rémy, Roussillon, Deplagne – B.Dabo, J.Marveaux, J.Martin, Boudebouz, Lasne – S.Camara, Bérigaud, Bakar, Cornette, Ribelin