Preview - Montpellier vs Bordeaux 15 April 2018

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Match Day 33
Montpellier vs Bordeaux
Sunday, April 15th, 2018
22:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson

Montpellier: 
Last five matches form: D D D W D
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 0.81
Top Scorer: Giovanni Sio (10)

Bordeaux:
Last five matches form: L D L L W
Average goals per match: 1.13
Average goals against per match: 1.31
Top Scorer: Malcom (9)

12th meets 7th this week in Ligue 1 as Bordeaux travel to the Stade de la Mosson to take on Montpellier. With six games remaining a seven point gap to the European spots is probably too much for Bordeaux to bridge. Montpellier are just a single point adrift of fifth placed Rennes though and have realistic hopes of finishing in a Europa League spot.

Unusually for a late season game, both sides head into this clash at close to 100% in terms of fitness. No injuries of note for Montpellier, whilst Alexandre Mendy is the only slight doubt for Gus Poyet's  Bordeaux side.

Whilst Bordeaux did manage a win against Lille last time out, Montpellier arrive in the better from overall. The only defeat Michel Der Zakrian's men have suffered in their last 14 games has been when losing away to PSG. Eight of these games have been draws however.

A tight game to call overall. With the advantage of playing at home though, in addition to the added incentive of a shot at European football, we will be taking Montpellier to edge a close encounter. They can be expected to score at home, and having kept Marseille out at the Stade Velodrome last time out, their defence appears to be playing well enough to make this a long afternoon for the Bordeaux forwards.

Prediction: Montpellier  1 - 1 Bordeaux

Harry85


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots: 19 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 2
Possession: 51% - 49%

Giovanni Sio, Nicolas Cozza and Paul Bastien Lasne were all booked for Montpellier. Jules Kounde and Martin Braithwaite of Bordeaux also made their way into referee Karim Abed's notebook.

Just in front in the possession stats, and well clear on the total shots count, Montpellier can count themselves a little unlucky to come out on the wrong end of this 1-3 score line.

Bordeaux took the lead early. Valentin Vada's corner from the right being met by Pablo who headed towards goal. Martin Braithwaite making sure when heading home from point blank range.

Having scored at the start of the first half, Bordeaux repeated the trick in the second, doubling their advantage in the 48th minute. Francois Kamano bringing down Lukas Lerager's long ball on his chest before volleying into the bottom right corner from around 14 yards. Good finish.

In the 78th minute this was all over. Diego Contento evading his maker as he raced towards the by-line and pulling the ball back to Soualiho Meite to side-foot home from around the penalty spot.

Montpellier did belatedly get on the scoresheet in the 88th minute, and it was a beauty. Souleymane Camara laying the ball back to Ellyes Skhiri around 25 yards out. Skhiri picking out the top right corner with a fine strike.

We still had time for Benoit Costil to save a penalty from Camara in the 91st minute. 1-3 final score.

A big blow for the home side in their chase for the European places. With Rennes having surprisingly lost at home to Metz, a win for Montpellier here would have been enough to see them move up into that crucial fifth spot. As it stands they sit in seventh place, but still only 1 point adrift of the top five.

Bordeaux may be eyeing a late push for the European places themselves, with this win moving them up into tenth.

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