Preview - Montpellier vs Reims 24 February 19

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Match Day 26
Montpellier  vs. Reims
Sunday, February 24th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson

Last five matches form: W D D D L
Average goals per match: 1.28
Average goals against per match: 0.96
Top Scorer: Gaëtan Laborde & Andy Delort (9)

Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match: 0.92
Average goals against per match: 0.88
Top Scorer: Rémi Oudin (6)

It's sixth vs seventh on Match Day 26 in Ligue 1 as Montpellier welcome Reims to the Stade de la Mosson. Level on points headed into the game, and both having their eyes on the European positions, there's plenty riding on this one.

Montpellier have won five of the past six games between these sides, including when coming away from Reims with a 1-0 success earlier in the season.

Montpellier will be happy enough on the injury front, with no confirmed absentees at present. Reims aren't too badly hit either though, with Ghislain Konan looking like being the only player to miss out.

Montpellier have been experts in the draw of late, with five of their last seven Ligue 1 fixtures ending up all square. Having received an expected drubbing at PSG last time out, they will be looking to get that out of their system back in front of their own fans here.

The home side should at least be fairly confident of avoiding defeat having come away with nothing in only two of their twelve home fixtures to date. They have kept a clean sheet in half of their games here.

The only side to have drawn as many games as Montpellier this season are Reims, who specialise in being involved in low scoring affairs - only six of their 25 fixtures to date have featured more than two goals.

Reims have lost only three of twelve away from home, drawing four of their last five.

We do rate Montpellier as the better of these sides overall, but Reims are adept at spoiling games and may well pick up another point on the road here.

Prediction: Montpellier 1 - 1 Reims


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 4
Shots:  19 - 15
Shots on target: 4 - 8
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 59% - 41%

Plenty of goals but just the one boking at the Stade de la Mosson, with Edouard Mendy of Reims being the only player to have his name taken by referee Willy Delajod.

It all started so well for Montpellier with the home side taking the lead in the sixth minute. A ball in from the right finding Vitorino Hilton in the left of the area. Hilton nodding the ball back and Daniel Congre stabbing home on the volley into the right-hand side form around seven yards.

The equaliser arrived after 27 minutes. Excellent burst through midfield from Arber Zeneli who then found Remi Oudin in the left of the area. Emphatic blasted finish from Oudin into the left hand side. 1-1 at the break.

Two minutes into the second half the visitors had the lead. Boulaye Dia outmuscling his marker and bursting across the Montpellier box only to be brought down by keeper Benjamin Lecomte. Penalty kick. Lecomte got a good hand to Zeneli's strike but couldn't keep it from finding the left-hand side of the goal.

Eight minutes later we were all square again. Nice goal too. Clever dinked through ball from Andy Delort finding strike partner Gaetan Laborde in the right of the area. Smart volleyed finish from Laborde into the bottom left from around twelve yards.

Reims did not back down though and regained the lead in the 70th minute. Poor clearance from Lecomte with the ball being nodded inside to Tristan Dingome whose excellent ball played Oudin into the left of the area. Oudin finishing coolly into the bottom right from twelve yards.

Then in the 89th minute the visitors made sure. Nice interplay between Pablo Chavarria and Moussa Doumbia ending with Doumbia pulling the ball back from the right and Chavarria volleying first time into the bottom left from around ten yards out on the right. 2-4 final score.

Big win for Reims seeing them swap places with Montpellier and move from seventh up to sixth, now only two points off fourth place and Europa League qualification.

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