HSC Montpellier vs Olympique Marseille / Ligue 1 – Two teams positioned near the top of table will face each other in the last match of the 12th round of French Ligue 1, where 3rd-placed Montpellier currently has five points more than 5th-positioned Marseille. Montpellier is still undefeated in the league, while Marseille lost to leading PSG 2-0 last weekend. Let’s add that both their head-to-head played last season had ended as draw.
HSC Montpellier vs Olympique Marseille begins 04.11.2018 at 21:00 CET
We can freely say that Montpellier is besides Lille the most pleasant surprise this season in the strongest football league in France, especially as after defeat in the first round they had 10-game unbeaten streak of even six wins and four draws. Still, numerous draws cost them the second place that is currently Lille that has three points more, while leading PSG already has 10 points more than second-placed team.
We should stress fact that team led by manager Der Zakarian won last three home matches played in the Ligue 1, but it was defeated at home by Nantes 3-0 in the League Cup last week when they tried their reserve team. Still, we don’t believe that the defeat has left a scar on the atmosphere in the changing room, and we don’t believe that absence of suspended stopper Mendes and injured forward Dolly will make much difference.
Probable lineups HSC Montpellier: Lecomte – Le Tallec, Hilton, Congre – Aguilar, Skhiri, Sambia, Oyongo – Mollet – Laborde, Delort
The guests from Marseille come to Montpellier after two consecutive defeats at home. They firstly lost to Lazio in the Europa League, and they to PSG. While many had written them off in advance in match with invincible PSG, we believe that their fans had far greater expectations from match with Lazio, especially as Montpellier won just one point in first two rounds.
Now, their situation in regard to reaching the knockout phase is even more complicated, especially as they will again face Lazio in four days but at the Olimpico stadium in Rome. Regarding the French championship, team led by manager Garcia is still in the race for positions that lead to Europe, but they have to show a lot more decisiveness in the coming match with their direct competitor Montpellier. Stopper Ronaldo is still the only injured player.
Probable lineups Olympique Marseille: Mandanda – Sarr, Rami, Kamara, Amavi – Strootman, Luiz Gustavo – Thauvin, Payet, Ocampos – Germain
HSC Montpellier vs Olympique Marseille PICK
Montpellier didn’t lose in last 10 league rounds, and is it quite realistic to expect to win at least one point in match with not overly good Marseille.
Pick: Asian handicap +0.5 Montpellier
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