Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade de la Mosson will host Sunday’s football game between Montpellier and Lille. La Paillade aim to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Brest, with the team eyeing their first home win since October 29, 2023. Montpellier, though, head into the match with a severely-weakened squad, which is probably the main reason why home win should not be considered. All Tchato, Sylla, Bertaud, Al Tamari, Sacko, and Kouyate are on international duty, while both Joris Chotard and Christopher Mincarelli are sidelined through suspension.
Les Dogues, on the other hand, survived Racing CFF in the Coupe de France last 32 at the weekend and given their excellent performance in a 3-0 win over Lille, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visiting team. Turkey midfielder Yusuf Yazici returns to the starting XI, while both Adam Ounas and Nabil Bentaleb are still on international duty.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin André):
Benjamin Andre is a French footballer, who began his career at Stade Raphaelois youth team. At the age of 16 Andre moved to Ajaccio and he played for the first team from 2008 to 2014. The right-footed midfielder scored 12 goals in 187 appearances in the league for the Corsican team and in the summer of 2014 he moved to fellow French club Rennes.
Andre scored his first goal for les Rouges et Noirs on January 25, 2015, in a 4-1 defeat to Caen. The French player made provided three assists for his teammates in 36 appearances for Rennes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and the club chiefs decided to extend his contract in June, 2017. His deal with the Roazhon Park outfit should expire on June 30, 2022.
Benjamin Andre, who was born in Nice on August 3, 1990, has seven caps for France U21 team. The Rennes footballer plays as a central midfielder, but he is often used as both left and right midfielder.
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.