Ligue 1 Action at Stade Gabriel Montpied – Clermont Foot face Montpellier

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Stade Gabriel Montpied sees Sunday action as Cleermont take on Montpellier – 3:00pm GMT.

Sunday’s clash between Cleermont and Montpellier, sees ninth take on sixteenth in the League.

This season’s Ligue 1 campaign, has so far seen Clermont Foot achieve 18 points

Cleermont’s next opponents will smell blood if they begin the next match with all guns blazing. Whilst it’s understandable that they may want to do this, after their recent 1-1 draw at Nantes and previous loss to Brest, Cleermont must get a positive result and keep defensively solid.

Also, Cleermont are quickly becoming the Ligue 1’s draw specialists, having recorded two in their last three matches. Their position is ninth in the League and they have 18 points, that is, 5W, 5L and 3D having won five games, drawn three fixtures, and lost five fixtures.

Cleermont have won three matches and lost three meetings of their six League matches at home this season.

A win in this fixture, would take Clermont Foot’s points from 18 to 21, so far this season.

Cleermont are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Pascal Gastien is concerned that Sunday’s fixture could see him without five of his key players.

Montpellier have 12 points to their name, going into this tie

Montpellier will be buoyant, following a 3-0 away win against Rennes in their last fixture.

Also, some statistics are more relevant than others they say, and five losses for Montpellier seems very relevant. With 12 points, they currently sit sixteenth in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 4 wins, 9 losses and 0 draws having won four fixtures and lost nine meetings.

Montpellier’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Cleermont. In the 6 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won one game and lost five fixtures.

Montpellier will have 15 points if they manage to secure a victory.

Good Attacking Performance

Montpellier will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (22). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Sepe Elye Wahi (6), Arnaud Nordin (3), and Teji Savanier (3). Montpellier’s defensive record in the Ligue 1 has so far been very weak, with 27 goals conceded in their last fixtures. This is an issue that Romain Pitau urgently needs to address within the dressing room.

Romain Pitau will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of seven of his Montpellier players.

Clermont Foot v Montpellier – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Cleermont and Montpellier have faced each other 14 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Cleermont’s favour (7 – 6). Also, seven of the previous 14 matches between Cleermont and Montpellier have resulted in a Cleermont win. The last time both teams met in this competition was July 2022 and the score line ended up with a 0-2 away win for Montpellier.

Other standout players for Cleermont are Komnen Andric and Muhammed-Cham Saracevic with three goals each and for Montpellier are Arnaud Nordin and Teji Savanier with three goals and three goals respectively.