Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 2-0 win over Rennes, Lens will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Montpellier at their Stade Bollaert-Delelis. The newcomers continue to impress on their return to the Ligue 1, with the team sitting in 8th position in the standings, but they face a difficult task in Saturday’s football match. Cameroon rising star Ignatius Ganago, who scored as a substitute at the weekend, is pushing for a start.
La Paillade, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Neymar-less PSG. Montpellier failed to shock the reigning champions, but they are surely capable of matching Lens. A close encounter is on the cards at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Joris Chotard is likely to miss the game with injury for the visitors.
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.