Lyon welcome the visitors Montpellier in the French Ligue 1 – Round 29. The match will be held on Sunday, March, 17th, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon).
The hosting Lyon took a 5:1 hammering at the hands of Barcelona away, which will surely affect the team’s spirit. If they win over Montpellier tomorrow, the victory will hardly be confident. Lyon are presently 3rd in the Ligue 1 standings, running behind Paris Saint-Germain and Lille. That said, they will not be able to catch up with Lille, as the gap is 7 points, not to say of the leaders. Lyon’s home performance is very inspiring – of 14 clashes on their turf, the hosts won 9; quite recently, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, they managed to win the absolute French leaders over the last years.
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The visiting Montpellier sit 7th in the table so far, running 5 points behind Marseille who take the 4th line that provides for European Cups. This gap is very doable for them. Of 14 outings, Montpellier conceded just 3 and lost by a margin of 2+ goals only twice: to Nantes, 0:2, and PSG, 1:5. In the first-term head-to-head against the Lyon outfit, Michel Der Zakarian’s men had advantage over the opponents, but they managed to play back yet on the 81st minute – the match ended level, 1:1. The guests play pragmatic football, they counterattack, so, in our view, they will be able to rack up points tomorrow.
We tend to think that the visitors will not suffer a loss by a great goal margin. Montpellier are rather strong away this season, whereas Lyon will compete after the toughest trip to Spain.
Prediction for the match: Montpellier to win with a +1.5 handicap.