Montpellier vs PSG 08/21/2015 Ligue 1 Preview, Odds and Predictions
PSG vs Montpellier
Friday 21st August 2015 14:30(ET)
The Line: Montpellier 7/1 Draw 3/1 PSG 1/2 See the Latest Odds
Friday night action from Ligue 1 comes from Montpellier where the home side will try to stifle the Champiosn PSG . The two teams come into this game in polar opposite form as Montpellier have lost their opening two ligue 1 fixtures and are anchored to the bottom of the table while PSG have won both of their games and sit atop Ligue 1. Montpellier had a quiet enough off season with no much activity in the transfer window but they did lose top scorer Barrios and for a team that already had struggles scoring goals that was a big blow. This though is a young side in general and Manaher Courbis will be trying to get through the youngsters to make this a side that can compete in Ligue 1. It seems like a enternity ago that Montpellier were Champions of France but it is actually only four years ago as an Olivier Giroud led side won Ligue 1 to claim their first title. Montpellier are rebuilding now and this is an important phase for them if they are to push on and compete with the likes of Lyon, Marseille , Monaco and PSG.
PSG have sauntered into this Ligue 1 campaign , strengthening their squad with the addition of Angel Di Maria from Manchester United and with the same squad from last season pretty much intact it is difficult to see how any of the other sides in France are going to be able to compete with the Parisians. Laurent Blanc's side have so much attacking talent that it is going to be interesting to see how Blanc line's his side up when everyone is fit. Cavani, Moura and Lavezzi/Pastore are likely to start tonight and with Thiago Verrati and Matuidi behind this is just a sensational front six. That of course is leaving out Ibrahimovich who is carrying an injury at the moment. Things look bright in Paris and it's hard to make a case for the home side here.
I think Montpellier over the years have always raised their game for big matches against PSG and they have managed to consistantly frustrate PSG at times over the last couple of seasons but even with that relatively good head to head I think they are going to struggle here against PSG and their superstar squad. For me I am taking PSG -1 tonight as I think the home side are just going to struggle to get the ball in the net.