Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Wednesday’s football game at Stade de la Mosson pits together Montpellier and Olympique Marseille, the two teams who defeated Metz and Clermont respectively in their last league matches. La Paillade did well to put an end to their six-game winless run, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence, but they face a difficult task against OM. Boubakar Kouyate misses out through suspension, while all Wahbi Khazri, Arnaud Nordin, Theo Sainte-Luce, Leo Leroy, and Issiaga Sylla are out of contention with injuries.
Marseille, on the other hand, are eyeing their fifth consecutive league win, but beating Montpellier at Stade de la Mosson is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils in the Ligue 1 round 17. Defender Jonathan Clauss is back from suspension, while both Joaquin Correa and Valentin Rongier remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Valentin Rongier):
Valentin Rongier is a French footballer, who plays for Ligue 1 side Nantes as a defensive midfielder. Rongier, who was born on December 7, 1994 in Macon (France) scored two goals in 39 appearances for Nantes B from 2013 to 2015 and he made his Ligue 1 debut with Les Canaris on October 18, 2014 in a 1-1 draw with Stade de Reims.
It has to be noted that he replaced Lucas Deaux 15 minutes before the final whistle. Over the years Valentin Rongier has established himself as a first-team regular at Nantes and you should know that he made no less than 31 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign.
On June 25, 2015 he extended his deal with the La Beaujoir-Louis Fonteneau outfit and his contract should expire on June 30, 2020. Valentin Rongier’s main position is defensive midfielder, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
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.