Montpellier vs PSG 01/05/2014 Coupe De France Preview, Odds and Prediction
PSG vs Montpellier
Monday 5th January 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Montpellier 9/2 Draw 13/5 PSG 3/4 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bein Sports
Cup action from France on Monday night will see Montpellier host Paris Saint Germain in the last 64 of the competition at the Altrad Stadium in Montpellier. Montpellier knocked PSG out of the same competition last year winning 2-1 in Paris. Montpellier are a tough team to read this season however as they have been very up and down while hanging around midtable. Most of the problems for Montpellier come from a lack of goals, defensively they have only conceded ninteen goals this year but they have only managed to net twenty one. Mounier and Camara up front are struggling this season with eight goals between them in thirty eight appearances. IF Montpellier are to get the better of PSG they will need their front men to step up here.
All is not rosey at Paris Saint Germain where Lavezzi and Cavani missed a winter training camp and have been fined and banned from team activities for two weeks. Within a team that is already struggling to find it's best form this sort of indiscipline can be fatal. Laurent Blanc will have to rely heavily on his big number ten as Zlatan Ibrahimovich is now officially the only fit senior striker in the squad. This was already a tricky fixture with Baheback, Motta and Sirigu also out injured. Add to that Montpellier have had a decent record against PSG at home, losing only once in their last six in all competitions and you can see how Blanc could have done without the headache caused by Lavezzi and Cavani.
I think this one is tough to call. We come into this off the winter break and with teams yet to get into their stride it's hard to call what might happen, as we seen in La Liga yesterday with both Barcelona and Real Madrid losing. I think though the home side on the handicap look the best bet here. PSG may sneak a win but it wont be by much and to be honest I could see Montpellier being the ones to sneak this one.