Preview - Montpellier vs Saint-Etienne 28 April 2018

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Match Day 35
Montpellier vs Saint-Etienne
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson

Last five matches form: D W D L L
Average goals per match: 0.94
Average goals against per match: 0.88
Top Scorer: Giovanni Sio (10)

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.18
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Robert Beric (7)

Two sides who have enjoyed solid top half of the table seasons overall clash at the Stade de la Mosson in the opening game of Match Day 35, as Montpellier play host to Saint-Etienne.

Montpellier will need to seek an alternative in the wide areas for this game, with Ruben Aguilar missing on the left, and right sided Jérôme Roussilon also out injured.

The main absentee for Saint-Etienne comes at centre back with Loic Perrin looking set to miss out.

With only three points between the sides, a win for the home side would be enough to see them leapfrog sixth placed Saint-Etienne. A look at the five match form figures soon tells us that it is Saint-Etienne who arrive here in the better form of the sides though.

Montpellier don't score many, but they don't concede many either. One of the most likely outcomes for such a side is a spate of draws, and that has certainly been the case of late. Six of Montpellier's last nine games have ended all square.

Saint-Etienne are unbeaten in 12 in Ligue 1 headed into this game, but may just struggle to break down this stubborn home side. In 17 away outings so far this season, Saint-Etienne have scored more than one goal on only two occasions. With Montpellier having only been shut out once in their past 11 at home, this has all the makings of another 1-1 draw.

Prediction: Montpellier 1 - 1 Saint-Etienne


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 25 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 9 - 1
Possession: 60% - 40%

Referee Thomas Leonard booked Stephane Ruffier and Paul-Georges Ntep for Saint-Etienne. Montpellier kept their noses clean throughout.

A whopping 25 shots, 60% of possession and winning the corner count 9-1, the stats make it seem unlikely that Montpellier would come away with nothing here. They managed it though.

What turned out to be the deciding goal in this contest came as early as the tenth minute, and it was a beauty. Saint-Etienne's slick passing football around the edge of the area proving too much for Montpellier to handle. A 1-2 between Remy Cabella and Kevin Monnet-Paquet setting Cabella free in the area to find Romain Hamouma to slot past Benjamin Lecomte.

And so the Montpellier onslaught began, racking up shot after shot without ever really creating anything clear cut. Until stoppage time at the end of the first half that is, when they were presented with a golden opportunity to equalise. Kevin Theophile-Catherine fouling Nicolas Conza in the area and the ref pointing to the spot. Up stepped Giovanni Sio, but Stephane Ruffier proved equal to his effort. 0-1 at the break.

Saint-Etienne saw this out pretty well in the end as despite mounting pressure, the home side registered just two shots on target in the second half. 0-1 final score.

The home side could have moved level on points with Saint-Etienne had they won here and been very much alive in the hunt for the European places. Defeat though leaves them six points adrift of fifth and needing a lot to go in their favour if they are to reach a Europa League qualifying spot.

The team now occupying fifth position are Saint-Etienne. This big win on the road lifting them two points clear of sixth placed Nice. Nice are still to play this weekend though and the eyes of Saint-Etienne fans will no doubt be on their clash with Strasbourg tomorrow.

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