Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lens will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over Nice (3-0) and Lille (2-1) when they host Montpellier to their Stade Bollaert-Delelis in the Ligue 1 round 33. Lens want to keep their Europa League hopes alive, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Wednesday’s clash. The good news for the hosts is that defender Massadio Haidara is back from suspension. La Paillade, on the other hand, played out a boring goalless draw with Reims at the weekend.
Since Montpellier are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts, who aim to represent France in European competitions next term. Both Thibault Tamas and Pedro Mendes are sidelined with injuries for the visiting team. In the first half of the season Montpellier defeated Lens thanks to Stephy Mavididi’s goal, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Seko Fofana):
Born in Paris on May 7, 1995, Seko Fofana is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side Udinese. Fofana started his career at the youth teams of Paris FC and in 2010 he moved to Lorient. After spending four years at the club, the French footballer joined Premier League side Manchester City in the 2013/2014 season.
Despite being a Man City player from 2014 to 2016, Seko Fofana did not see any game action in the English top flight with the Citizens as he was immediately sent on loan to Fulham (2014/2015). He played for Bastia on loan in the 2015/2016 season as well and in the summer of 2016 he signed a five-year deal with Italian side Udinese.
You should know that Fofana scored five goals in 22 appearances for the Zebrette in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His contract with the Serie A team should expire on June 30, 2022. Due to his dual citizenship the Udinese footballer is eligible to play for France and Ivory Coast at senior level.
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.