Lorient vs Montpellier
French Ligue 1 – 2016/17
Date: Saturday, 29th October 2016,
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK
Venue: Stade du Moustoir, Lorient.
Reason For Lorient vs Montpellier Betting Tips
Sylvain Ripoll’s struggling Lorient look to end a run of three consecutive Ligue 1 defeats when they play host to Frederic Hantz’ Montpellier at Stade Yves Allainmat-Le Moustoir on Saturday night.
Les Merlus are rock bottom with just six points from ten outings after recent defeats to Nice, Nantes and Dijon and will be anxious to get back winning ways here with the gap between themselves and 17th placed Montpellier already standing at four points.
After a 15th place finish last term, boss Ripoll is under heavy fire going into match day 11 but the 45-year-old has cause to be optimistic ahead of Saturday’s clash considering that both his team’s Ligue 1 victories in 2016/17 have come at home – the latest being a 1-0 success against Lyon at the end of last month.
A repeat of that showing would likely be good enough to bag a much needed three points against a Montpellier side that are also on the wane.
La Paillade were smashed 6-2 at Monaco last weekend and currently sit with a clutch of sides on 10 points after just league wins so far this season.
A 0-2 midweek victory away to Laval in the Coupe De La Ligue will have provided some respite for boss Frederic Hantz’ however Montpellier’s main concern ahead of their trip to Lorient is their awful form on the road in Ligue 1.
Despite a solid away record in the last campaign (22 points from 19 games) Montpellier have only picked up two points from five matches on their travels this season shipping a woeful 18 goals in the process.
They will be relieved to know that Lorient have only scored three goals in five home matches this term but the hosts ability to tough out a result at Stade Yves Allainmat-Le Moustoir rightfully makes them favorites here and we’re happy to tip up Ripoll’s men to claim a narrow win this weekend.
Lorient vs Montpellier: Head-to-head Stats
The last three league meetings between Lorient and Montpellier at the Stade du Moustoir have all ended in draws. And there is a 4-4 thrilling draw at the end of the series in 2014.
The hosts Lorient are also undefeated in the last 14 home matches against Montpellier in all competitions.
Lorient vs Montpellier: Prediction
None of these sides have the better of each other in form comparison. The only thing that put Lorient as favourites for this fixture is their long standing unbeaten run at home against Montpelier. Starting from the bottom-most position in the league standings, Lorient will want to win this fixture at any cost. And they might not get a better opposition than Montpellier, who are often sloppy in defense. Also, Montpellier haven’t won an away match in the league so far this season and they have conceded a massive 18 away goals during the period.
Lorient vs Montpellier: Betting Tips
Lorient to beat Montpellier at 13/10 (2.30)
Lorient to Score Over 1.5 goals at 6/5 (2.20).