Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade du Roudourou will host Wednesday’s football game between Guingamp and Montpellier. Guingamp failed to spoil Olympique Marseille’s party at Stade Velodrome at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run in the Ligue 1 to five games. Antoine Kombouare’s men sit in the danger zone in the standings ahead of the visit of Montpellier and we predict they will leave their hearts on the field in the midweek fixture. La Paillade, on the other hand, recorded a routine 3-0 win over Lille at the weekend and, as a result, they climbed to seventh place in the Ligue 1 table. Montpellier have been producing fine performances on the travels this season and we believe that they are going to pick up all three points from Wednesday’s clash against the out-of-sorts hosts. Ivory Coast international Sio found the net in the 3-0 win over les Dogues, thus the opposition back-line should have him at bay.
Highlighted Player (Karl-Johan Johnsson):
Born in Ranneslov (Sweden) on January 28, 1990 Karl-Johan Johansson started his youth career at his home-town club Ranneslovs GIF. In 2005 he joined Halmstadts and four years later he made his first-team debut for HBK. The 187-cm-tall goalkeeper made 67 appearances in the league for Halmstads and in 2013 he signed for NEC as a free agent. Karl-Johan Johnsson played 30 games for the Dutch club during the 2013/2014 Eredivisie campaign and in the summer of 2014 he moved to Randers. The Swedish shoot-stopper spent two seasons at Randers and in 2016 he moved to French club Guingamp. It has to be noted that he managed to keep nine clean sheets in 37 appearances for Guingamp in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. His contract with the club expires on June 30, 2020. Speaking of his international career, Karl-Johan Johnsson has 17 caps for Sweden U21 and he made his senior debut in 2012 against Qatar.
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 colors 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.