Preview - Montpellier vs Saint-Étienne 09 February 20

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Match Day 24
Montpellier vs. Saint-Étienne
Sunday, February 9th 2020
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson

Last five matches form: W W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.35
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Andy Delort ( 8 )

Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.09
Average goals against per match: 1.61
Top Scorer: Denis Bouanga (7)

The Match Day 24 Ligue 1 action continues at the Stade de la Mosson, as fifth placed Montpellier play host to a Saint-Étienne outfit who are currently down in 15th spot.

Six points off the European positions, and now past the half-way point in the season, Montpellier are still in with a shot, but can't afford too many slip-ups.

Saint-Étienne meanwhile are seven points above the drop zone and ought to be ok, but must avoid becoming too complacent.

Recent league games between these sides have been very tight, with both the game here last season and the reverse fixture in the current campaign ending in a goalless draw.

Pedro Mendes and Nicolas Cozza are out injured for the home side. Kévin Monnet-Paquet is the only confirmed absentee for Saint-Étienne at this stage.

Montpellier are generally a pretty reliable side at home, with only two defeats in twelve so far this season. Defensively they have been very solid here, in only conceding more than once on two occasions. They have scored two or more in half of their home fixtures.

With seven defeats in their last nine in Ligue 1, Saint-Étienne have been heading firmly in the wrong direction in recent weeks. Defence has been where their main problems have lain, having conceded two or more in each of their last five on the road, leading to defeat in each of their last four.

Montpellier aren't prolific, but do look to have enough about them to take advantage of an increasingly porous Saint-Étienne rear-guard.

Prediction: Montpellier 2 - 1 Saint-Étienne


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 8 - 17
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 3 - 6
Possession: 43% - 57%

Mihailo Ristic was the only player to see yellow for the home side in this one, with Loic Perrin, Wesley Fofana and Denis Boaunga of Saint-Étienne all also having their names taken by referee Amaury Delerue. The key incident from a disciplinary standpoint though came in the 41st minute, when Junior Sambia of the home side was shown a straight red card.

What turned out to be the only goal of the game arrived in the 25th minute. Nice interplay down the right-hand side sending Junior Sambia scampering down the flank. Excellent delivery into the area from Sambia and Andy Delort ghosting across the defence to send a header into the bottom left from around 12-yards out and to the right of centre. Nice goal.

Then came the dismissal of Sambia for hauling down Denis Bouanga just outside the area as the ball was played across to him with the goal gaping. It did look a likely equaliser, and so in the end probably didn't work out too badly for Montpellier, especially once the resulting free-kick had been fired over the crossbar.

Montpellier a goal to the good but a man down at the interval.

Very little from Saint-Étienne in the second half in all honesty. The visitors did have more of the ball and territory, but that was only to be expected really considering they were at a man advantage. Other than an effort from Lois Diony which was fired straight at the keeper though, they were struggling to create anything in the way of a clear goalscoring opportunity.

1-0   final score.

No change for either side in the standings on the back of this result, with Montpellier remaining in fifth spot and Saint-Étienne 15th.

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