Our football match prediction:
Montpellier head into the opening game of the season following a 1-1 draw with Olympique Lyon in their last warm-up game. La Paillade are on a four-game unbeaten run ahead of Saturday’s football match and they are definitely capable of kicking off the new season with a win over Patrice Garande’s charges. Montpellier are tough to beat at home, but the game against Caen will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Stade Michel d’Ornano outfit were more than fortunate not to drop to the Ligue 2 at the end of the 2016/2017 season and securing the top flight survival remains the team’s main goal. A close encounter appears on the cards, but seeing that Montpellier were producing fine performances in pre-season, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. In previous two meetings between the two teams in Ligue 1 la Paillade emerged triumphant.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin Lecomte):
Benjamin Lecomte is a French goalkeeper who started playing football at the age of six. Lecomte was born in Paris on April 26, 1991 and in 1997 he joined Arcueil Municipal football academy. After spending eight years at the club he joined Antony Sports in 2006 and four years later he moved to Niort. Finally, he continued his footballing development at Lorient. The 186-cm-tall shoot-stopper played 22 games Lorient B before making his first-team debut in October 2010 in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Monaco. In January 2011 Benjamin Lecomte signed a professional contract with les Merlus and it has to be noted that he made 119 appearance in the league for the club from 2010 to 2017. In 2017 he moved to Montpellier, signing a four-year deal with the Ligue 1 outfit. The Montpellier goalkeeper has 2 caps for France U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team.
Highlighted Team (Caen):
Caen are a French football club that compete in Ligue 1. Caen were founded in 1913 under the name of The Stade Malherbe Caennais and back then Stade de Venoix was the club’s home ground. Nowadays SMC play their home games at Stade Michel d’Ornano and the capacity of the venue is 20.453. Caen finished the 1991/1992 Ligue 1 campaign in fifth position in the standings, 14 points behind champions Marseille and that is considered the club’s best result in the French top flight. In 2005 Caen made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Strasbourg proved to be a big catch for Patrick Remy’s troops. The Stade Michel d’Ornano outfit play their home games in red shirts with blue stripes (vertical), while gray and black are their away colours. Nicolas Seube is the club’s most capped player and it has to be noted that he made no less than 477 appearances for SMC during his spell with the club.