Our prediction for this Coupe de la Ligue match:
Montpellier did well to beat Guingamp on the road in their Coupe de la Ligue opener, but Olympique Lyon are likely to pose a much bigger threat for la Paillade than their previous rivals. Montpellier sit in the top half of the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Wednesday’s football match and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism. La Paillade are undefeated in previous three home games in the national championship and they are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach against Lyon. Les Gones are still in the race for the Ligue 1 trophy and we would not be surprised if coach Bruno Genesio mixes the squad against Montpellier. The hosts want this win more than the visitors and we predict Michel Der Zakarian’s troops will book their place in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals. You should know, though, that Montpellier recorded their last win over Lyon back in November, 2015.
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 (Olympique Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique Lyonnais is the French club which play their games at the Parc Olimpique Lyonnais with a capacity just a pinch short of 60,000. Lyon is one of the most popular clubs in France with a vast fan base on par with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille.
The club achieved moderate success during the 1960s and 1970s led by the likes of Bernard Lacombe and Jean Djorkaeff, while the golden era of the French side came at the start of the new millennium when Lyon began to achieve greater success both in France and on the international level.
It was not until 2002 that Lyon won their first ever Ligue 1 title which sparked an ongoing national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. During that time Lyon were regular participants of the UEFA Champions League. The French club reached quarter-finals on two occasions, while they even played in the semi-finals in the 2009-10 season.