Ligue 1 | Montpellier-Saint-Etienne

Referee: Francois Letexier

Kick Off: 16:00 Hrs

Venue: Stade de la Mosson

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Sun 19th Feb 2017

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Montpellier vs Saint-Etienne Match Prediction

By Herbie

Montpellier and Saint-Etienne will square off at the Stade de la Mosson on Sunday afternoon, with both teams looking to build on their recent victories in Ligue 1. Montpellier picked up a comfortable 0-3 win on the road at Nancy last weekend thanks to a brace from Isaac Mbenza and an excellent strike from Steve Mounie. Saint-Etienne also registered a comfortable 4-0 victory against Lorient last time out, with Loic Perrin, Jordan Veretout, Romain Hamouma and Jorge Intima all getting on the scoresheet for Christophe Galtier’s side. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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Montpellier Preview

Montpellier have found some consistency of late, having won two of their last three games in Ligue 1. They picked up a 2-1 home win over SC Bastia at the beginning of February, but then they succumbed to a 1-2 home defeat at the hands of the current leaders Monaco. However, Montpellier looked incredibly strong going forward last weekend against Nancy, registering a 0-3 away victory. This lifts Montpellier to 11th spot in the league table tied on 29 points with the 12th-placed Nantes, four points clear of the drop zone. Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for Montpellier so far this season, but their defensive line has been terrible in this term. They have conceded 42 goals in 25 league fixtures, which is one of the leakiest defences in the division. Actually, Montpellier allowed 20 goals in their last ten games across all competitions. The good news is that Montpellier have been much better on home soil throughout this Ligue 1 campaign, having lost just two of their twelve home league fixtures. Montpellier were on a seven-game unbeaten streak in Ligue 1 prior to their 1-2 defeat at Monaco in their most recent home league fixture. Steve Mounie and Ryad Boudebouz have both enjoyed a decent Ligue 1 campaign, as the pair bagged 17 goals and eight assists between them.

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Saint-Etienne Preview

Saint-Etienne, on the flip side, have also struggled for fluency over the past three weeks, winning three and losing three of their last six games across all competitions. Last weekend, les Verts managed a comfortable 4-0 home win over Lorient in Ligue 1, but they succumbed to a heavy 3-0 defeat on the road at Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie in midweek. Saint-Etienne have enjoyed a strong Ligue 1 campaign so far this season, as they currently stand in 5th spot in the standings, just one point off 4th-placed Lyon. Saint-Etienne’s main reason for their good performances throughout this Ligue 1 campaign has been their solid defence, as they hold the second best defensive record in the division with just 19 goals conceded in 25 league fixtures. The bad news is that Saint-Etienne haven’t been at their best on the road recently, as they suffered defeats in each of their last three away games across all competitions. The worrying fact is that St. Etienne have failed to score a single goal in their most recent trips. The good news is that Saint-Etienne are undefeated in their last four visits to the Stade de la Mosson, winning three and drawing once in the process.

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Montpellier Team News

Morgan Poaty, Geoffrey Jourdren, Souleymane Camara and Joris Steve Marveaux are all doubts, but Nanitamo Jonathan Ikone and Rodrigue Ninga Casimir are both missing through injury. In addition, Mathieu Deplagne is missing through suspension.

Saint-Etienne Team News

Alexander Soderlund, Oussama Tannane and Cheikh M’Bengue are all missing through injury, while Erin Jorge Gomes Pinheiro is a doubt.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Saint-Etienne are the better team in this tie, but Montpellier’s recent home form in Ligue 1 has been near perfect. I’m expecting a close game, but I think that Saint-Etienne should be able to grab a narrow victory. Actually, Saint-Etienne have won the last five meetings with Montpellier in all competitions, conceding just two goals in this term.

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Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Laurent Pionnier 184 76
23 LB Nordi Mukiele - -
4 CD Hilton 182 73
12 CD Lukas Pokorny 186 85
24 RB Jerome Roussillon 181 77
10 CM Ryad Boudebouz 177 67
18 CM Isaac Mbenza 187 77
28 CDM Stephane Sessegnon 170 74
13 CDM Ellyes Skhiri 184 74
20 CM Keagan Dolly 170 70
15 CF Steve Mounie 189 76
No. Pos Player m kg
16 GK Stephane Ruffier 187 89
4 CD Leo Lacroix 197 92
2 CD Kevin Theophile-Catherine 183 88
19 RB Florentin Pogba 187 86
25 LB Kevin Malcuit 179 75
22 CM Kevin Monnet-Paquet 183 73
14 CDM Jordan Veretout 176 66
17 CDM Ole Kristian Selnaes 187 77
11 CM Henri Saivet 173 70
26 CM Jorge Intima 170 68
9 CF Nolan Roux 182 75