Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Monaco and Montpellier go head to head at Stade Louis II in a highly-anticipated Ligue 1 clash. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Lyon, and a triumph over Montpellier could see them regain their spot in top five. Wissam Ben Yedder should continue to lead the line for the hosts, while all Krepin Diatta, Aleksandr Golovin, Djibril Sidibe, and Cesc Fabregas are out of contention through injuries.
La Paillade, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lens. Montpellier, though, have been struggling on the travels in the 2021/2022 Ligue 1 campaign, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Jordan Ferri is banned for the match, while the likes of Thuler, Thibault Tamas, Pedro Mendes, and Ambroise Oyongo miss out through injuries.
Highlighted Player (Djibril Sidibé):
Born in Troyes, Djibril Sidibe made his first football steps at his hometown club. Having excelled throughout the youth ranks, Sidibe was rewarded with his professional debut in 2010. Two years later he moved to Lille where he established himself as one of the biggest prospects in French football.
A 2016 move to Ligue 1 giants Monaco came as a reward for his impressive qualities. Sidibe is a solid right-back who is great at picking out passes, especially with crosses. A determined individual, Sidibe does not easily get caught out in a wide space. His impressive footwork make him a difficult player to play against going forward which he has a knack for.
Monaco are expected to be another stepping stone in his career and it won’t be too long before the World Cup winning French international has made a move to one of Europe’s top sides.
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.