Our football match prediction:
Stadium Municipal will host Saturday’s football match between Toulouse and Montpellier. Despite producing a fine performance in their opener against Monaco at Stade Louis II, les Pitchouns eventually suffered a 3-2 loss to the title holders, but the team showed character and they will be looking to build on the display when they take on Montpellier in their first home game of the season. Toulouse are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash and we predict that fans will see a real football festival at Stadium Municipal. La Paillade, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Caen in the opening game of the season and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the Toulouse game. A close encounter appears on the cards and we would not be surprised if the two sides played out a high-scoring draw on day 2 of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign.
Highligted Player (Issa Diop):
After spending two years at Balma SC, Issa Diop joined Toulouse football academy in 2006 and he was making progress year by year. The 194-cm-tall defender made seven appearances for Toulouse B in the 2014/2015 season and he made his Ligue 1 debut with les Pitchouns on November 28, 2015 against Nice. Issa Diop, who was born in Toulouse on January 9, 1997, scored his first ever goal in the French top flight in a 3-0 win over Troyes in December, 2015. Diop is a youth international for France at various levels, but seeing that his father Labysse Diop is of Senegal descent, the Toulouse footballer could represent les Lions de la Teranga at senior level. The Toulouse defender scored two goals for les Pitchouns in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and he made no less than 30 appearances for the club in the process. Issa Diop has a contract with Toulouse which expires on June 30, 2020.
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 colours 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.