Montpellier v Lyon: Ligue 1 Match-day 12

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Saturday Ligue 1 action from the Stade de la Mosson, as Montpellier take on Lyon.

Visitors Lyon, will be keen to maintain or improve their League position, (tenth), when they face eleventh placed Montpellier.

Montpellier have so far accrued 12 points in this season of the Ligue 1

Montpellier will hope to increase their wins in a row, having secured a 1-0 victory over RC Lens in their last fixture.

Also, Montpellier need to find a way to generate wins on a consistent basis, as they’ve recorded five losses in their last six meetings. With 12 points, they currently sit eleventh in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 4 wins, 7 losses and 0 draws having won four meetings and lost seven matches.

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

A win in this fixture, would take Montpellier’s points from 12 to 15, so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

Montpellier will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (21). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Sepe Elye Wahi (5), Arnaud Nordin (3), and Teji Savanier (3). Montpellier’s defensive record in the Ligue 1 has so far been very weak, with 22 goals conceded in their last matches. This is an issue that Romain Pitau urgently needs to address within the dressing room.

Montpellier’s squad has depth, but even so, Romain Pitau is likely to be missing four of they key players when they start Saturday’s game.

This season’s Ligue 1 campaign, has so far seen Lyon achieve 14 points

Lyon come to this fixture on the back of a victory, having beaten Rennes 3-2 at Roazhon Park.

Also, suffering five losses in six meetings is a terrible run of form for any club, Laurent Blanc’s Lyon will know this and will be hopeful of turning it around. Their position is tenth in the League and they have 14 points, that is, 4W, 5L and 2D having won four matches, drawn two games, and lost five fixtures.

Lyon have drawn one game and lost four games of their five League matches on the road this season.

A victory for Lyon would put them on 17 points.

Good Attacking Performance

This has been a good season so far for Lyon, in terms of goals scored (19). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Alexandre Lacazette (6), Tete (5), and Karl Toko Ekambi (4). Lyon have conceded 15 goals.

Lyon’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Laurent Blanc, ahead of this Saturday’s fixture against their opponents.

Montpellier v Lyon – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen Lyon with a greater number of wins. In the last 49 meetings, they have enjoyed 23 wins, to Montpellier’s 13 victories. In addition, Lyon have been hugely successful away to Montpellier of late, winning five matches times in the last three. Their most recent encounter in this competition Montpellier secured a 5-2 home win.

Other players of note for Montpellier are Arnaud Nordin and Teji Savanier with three goals and three goals respectively and for Lyon are Tete and Karl Toko Ekambi with five goals and four goals respectively.