Preview - Montpellier vs Bordeaux 21 October 18

Started by Harry85, Oct 20, 2018, 04:17 PM

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Harry85

Match Day 10
Montpellier vs Bordeaux
Sunday, October 21st, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium:

Montpellier:   
Last five matches form: D W D W D
Average goals per match: 1.33
Average goals against per match: 0.78
Top Scorer: Andy Delort (3)

Bordeaux:
Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match: 1.44
Average goals against per match: 1.22
Top Scorer: François Kamano (7)

The race for the Ligue 1 title is already looking like turning into a procession as PSG are already streaking clear of the pack. The battle for the European places looks like being significantly tighter though and fifth placed Montpellier are one of the sides who will be hoping to be involved. If they are to do so this home game against Bordeaux is the type of game they really ought to be winning.

Bordeaux are unlikely to prove a pushover though with their form having improved markedly of late. They head into this game unbeaten in their past five Ligue 1 games and will be looking to keep the momentum going as they look to climb the table.

Bordeaux shocked Montpellier in this game last season when coming out on top 3-1. Montpellier won the reverse fixture 2-0.

Montpellier will be hit by suspensions here with Ambriose Oyongo and Florent Mollet both serving a ban. Keagan Dolly misses out through injury. The suspended Maxime Poundjé is the only confirmed absentee for Bordeaux.

This is a tough game to call. Montpellier may be higher up the league table, but Bordeaux look a side on the up, and have certainly improved since the sacking of Gus Poyet. Home advantage is obviously in Montpellier's favour, but Bordeaux are slightly less affected when it comes to missing players. We can't split these two.


Prediction: Montpellier 2 - 2 Bordeaux

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  11 - 8
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 3
Possession: 52% - 48%

Pedro Mendes and Ellyes Skhiri were booked for the home side. Yann Karamoh, Youssouf Sabaly and Lukas Lerager of Bordeaux also had their names taken by referee Frank Schneider.

A goal in each half was enough for Montpellier to claim the points in what was a pretty evenly contested match throughout. They did just about deserve this win too having remained fairly solid at the back and came out on top in the shot count.

The opening goal came in the 17th minute. Good work down the left hand side ending with the ball being swung into the area and headed up into the air. This was the type of 50-50 challenge which often favours the goalkeeper but it was Gaetan Laborde who just beat Benoit Costil to the ball to head into the net. The referee saw no infringement and the goal stood.

Costil went some way to redeeming himself soon after when producing a fine one-handed stop onto the post to deny Laborde. 1-0 at the break.

Eight minutes into the second half Montpellier doubled their advantage. Andy Delort's cross from the right by-line striking Pablo Castro on the arm and the referee pointing to the spot. Delort stepping up to calmly dispatch the ball into the bottom right corner.

Bordeaux had the better of the remainder of the match as they sought a way to get back into things. It was all in vain in the end though as the home side held on. 2-0 final score.

Another win for Montpellier who continue their rock-solid start to the season, 19 points from their opening 10 fixtures sees them sit in third spot. Bordeaux drop down to eighth.






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