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Montpellier meet visitors St Etienne at Stade de la Mosson in this Ligue 1 match on Sunday.
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Montpellier will be looking to improve on their last outing here after the 3-1 Ligue 1 loss in their previous game against Nice.
In that match, Montpellier managed 42% possession and 14 shots at goal with 3 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Montpellier was Gaëtan Laborde (3'). At the other end, OGC Nice got 18 shots at goal with 8 on target. Hicham Boudaoui (6'), Jean-Clair Todibo (39') and Alexis Claude-Maurice (40') scored for Nice.
La Paillade have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets lately, but they have also managed to hit the back of the net themselves. Over their last 6 matches, La Paillade have seen their goal breached in 5 of them as well as getting on the scoresheet in 6 of those matches.
A look at their previous results shows us that Montpellier:
- haven't lost in the league to St Etienne in their last 5 matches.
- are undefeated in their last 5 home league matches.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Brest in Ligue 1 competition, St Etienne will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, St Etienne had 43% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The only player to score for St Etienne was Wahbi Khazri (11'). Stade Brestois 29 had 12 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Gaëtan Charbonnier (66', 79') scored for Brest.
Showing their bias toward fruitful encounters, the back of the net has been hit 20 times in the last 6 matches in which St Etienne have sent out their troops, making it a mean average of 3.33 goals each fixture. Opposition teams have managed 10 of these goals. With no two games being the same, we’ll just have to find out if the trend will persist here in this game.
Going into this encounter, St Etienne have not won against Montpellier in games played away from home for the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their prior head to head clashes stretching back to 27/04/2018 shows that Montpellier have won 3 of them & St Etienne 1, with the number of drawn games being 2.
Those games certainly lacked in goals, too, with a tally of 4 scored between them in total.
The previous league game featuring these clubs was Ligue 1 match day 9 on 01/11/2020 when it finished St Etienne 0-1 Montpellier.
On that day, St Etienne managed 55% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 0 on target.
At the other end, Montpellier got 10 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Stephy Mavididi (14') scored.
The match was refereed by Jérôme Miguelgorry.
Team News: Montpellier
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Montpellier boss Michel Der Zakarian to be concerned about thanks to an almost full-strength group. Ambroise Oyongo (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t play.
Team News: St Etienne
With a completely injury-free group available for selection, St Etienne boss Claude Puel has no fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match.
We’re thinking that St Etienne will need to push hard to put one past this Montpellier team who should manage to score & go ahead.
That’s why we have predicted a hard-fought 1-0 winning score for Montpellier at the end of this game.
Hoping for a good game.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson (32,900)
Captain: Vitorino Hilton
Chairman: Laurent Nicollin
Manager: Michel Der Zakarian
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 8, Coupe De France (Semi-Finals)
🔑 Star Man: Stephy Mavididi
Generally used in the Striker position, Stephy Mavididi was born in Derby, England. Having made his senior debut playing for Charlton Athletic in the 2016 - 2017 season, the accomplished Forward has hit 9 league goals in this Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in a total of 31 appearances.