Our football match prediction:
For their first appearance in the Coupe de France this season, Montpellier are travelling to Saint-Gratien to play the National One side Entente Sannois. The lower tier Entente should be easy pickings for the fourth places Montpellier. Even if their form in the National 1 league was better than their 15th place in the table, they still couldn’t do much against the Ligue one team. And their form at home hasn’t been that strong either with two wins in the last five matches, both in the French Cup. Montpellier have been in varied form with four wins, three draws and three defeats in the last ten matches. They have triumphed only once since the beginning of November, against the weak Monaco side. But they are two games behind in the league. And they have only lost once away from home in the last ten games. This doesn’t fair well for the National One team Entente who will be lucky not to concede more than a couple of goals.
Highlighted Player (Paul Lasne):
Paul Lasne is a product of Bordeaux football academy, but he did not play for les Girondins at senior level. After ending his loan spell with Chateauroux Lasne signed a loan deal with Ajaccio in 2010 and he proved his worth in the 2010/2011 Ligue 2 campaign. As a result, he was offered a permanent deal by the club chiefs and it has to be noted that he played for Corsican side from 2011 to 2014. After scoring four goals in 89 appearances in the league for Ajaccio, the 186-cm-tall midfielder joined Montpellier in the summer of 2014, signing a four-year contract with La Paillade. Paul Lasne scored three goals for Montpellier, while providing two assists for his teammates in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. Despite being left-footed, his main position is right midfield, but he is used as both central and defensive midfielder as well. The Montpellier footballer was born in Saint-Cloud, France on January 16, 1989 and his agent is Henri Zambelli.
Highlighted Team (Montpellier):
Over the years Montpellier have established themselves as a mid-table side in French Ligue 1. Montpellier are considered one of the youngest clubs in France as they were founded in 1974, but it has to be noted that a number of high-profile footballers played for the club in the past. French football legend Laurent Blanc played for Montpellier from 1981-1993 and he scored 76 goals in 24 appearances in the league for the club. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderama and Olivier Giroud played in Montpellier’s colours as well, but Pascal Baills is the player with most appearances for the club (429). La Paillade did remarkably well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in 2012 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Montpellier won Coupe de France on two occasions (1929, 1990), with the team beating FC Sete and FC Paris respectively in the title games. The team welcome their rivals at Stade de la Mosson and the capacity of the stadium is 32.900. In 1999 Montpellier won the UEFA Intertoto Cup.